Mar 28,2021

More than 10,000 pieces of new news a day. News update non-stop 24/7.  ‘We’re paying attention’: Vigils, rallies planned in George Floyd’s honor ahead of Derek Chauvin trial.  Derek Chauvin Trial: What To Know About The Charges, Jurors And More.  Musical notation branded 'colonialist' by Oxford professors hoping to 'decolonise' the curriculum.  Duchess of Cambridge recycles Sézane Margeurite Blouse.  Oklahoma County jail inmate shot, killed after hostage situation.  What to Know About the Trial of Derek Chauvin.  The Mailbox | This cowardly social-media bullying of athletes must desist.  Protest laws move UK towards paramilitary policing, says former chief.  Derek Chauvin trial: Why role of TV cameras could come into focus.  Here are the jurors who will decide if Derek Chauvin is guilty of murder or manslaughter in George Floyd's death.  More than 10,000 pieces of new news a day. News update non-stop 24/7.  ‘It’s for the people’: how George Floyd Square became a symbol of resistance – and healing.  University of Oxford considers scrapping sheet music for being 'too colonial'.  'Stop Asian Hate' rallies held across SoCal and nationwide; demonstrators decry rise in violence.  Biden walks the union line, making a play for blue-collar workers.  Oklahoma City sees protest outside jail following hostage drama.  'Stop the hate!': Hundreds rally in downtown Chandler to support Asian community Sunday.  Funding Hate: How extremists like the ones who attacked the Capitol are making money off the internet.  What Derek Chauvin’s trial in the death of George Floyd means for America.  Recap: Jury selection for Derek Chauvin trial completed, opening arguments to begin Monday.  'We've been waiting for this moment:' Rally for Asian Americans in Fort Lee draws over 700.  
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‘We’re paying attention’: Vigils, rallies planned in George Floyd’s honor ahead of Derek Chauvin trial
       
Local activists planned rallies and vigils Sunday to honor Floyd's life and draw attention to the case. In Derek Chauvin case, a weary city that wears George Floyd's face waits for an answerWho's on the jury? Russell said he watched most of jury selection over the last three weeks and planned to continue following the trial. Protesters – some chanting, drumming and holding portraits of Floyd – demonstrated outside the courthouse throughout the 11-day jury selection process, which concluded last week. Jury selection in the trial began in early March.
Derek Chauvin Trial: What To Know About The Charges, Jurors And More
       
Trial BeginsJury selection for Chauvin’s trial began March 9 and lasted roughly two weeks before wrapping up on Tuesday. 44 is a white woman in her 50s who serves as an executive of a nonprofit health care advocacy organization. 55 is a white woman in her 50s who works as an executive assistant at a health care clinic. 91 is a Black woman in her 60s who worked in marketing before retiring. 118 is a white woman in her 20s who is a social worker.
Musical notation branded 'colonialist' by Oxford professors hoping to 'decolonise' the curriculum
       
Musical notation has been branded "colonialist" by Oxford professors hoping to reform their courses to focus less on white European culture, The Telegraph can reveal. Academics are deconstructing the university's music offering after facing pressure to "decolonise" the curriculum following the Black Lives Matter protests. The Telegraph has seen proposals for changes to undergraduate courses, in which some staff question the current curriculum's "complicity in white supremacy". Professors said the classical repertoire taught at Oxford, which spans works by Mozart and Beethoven, focuses too much on "white European music from the slave period". Documents reveal that faculty members, who decide on courses that form the music degree, have proposed reforms to address this "white hegemony", including rethinking the study of musical notation because it is a "colonialist representational system".
Duchess of Cambridge recycles Sézane Margeurite Blouse
       
The Duchess of Cambridge appeared effortlessly stylish as she recycled a Sézane blouse for a portrait inside her new photo book released today. It is not the first that she's worn her now out of stock Sézane Margeurite blouse, having previously teamed it with a wine coloured jumper for the Cambridge's Christmas card 2020 and with a Troy London jacket at an engagement in 2019. The Duchess of Cambridge (pictured) recycled a Sézane Margeurite blouse and wine colour sweater for a photograph to accompany her new photo bookKate's photograph for her Hold Still project is believed to have been taken during the Christmas card photoshoot, as she is seen wearing the same minimalist make-up and subtle accessories. Fashion stylist Rochelle White, told Femail: 'I love that Kate opted for the wine colour jumper and frilly blouse under it. However, Kate has been know for recycling her garments and this jumper we have seen before on the family Christmas card in 2020.
Oklahoma County jail inmate shot, killed after hostage situation
       
Oklahoma City police shot and killed an inmate at the Oklahoma County jail after a hostage situation Saturday night involving a guard. The Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office responded just before 4:30 p.m. after the detention officer was taken hostage. Oklahoma County Sheriff's Department officials asked for help from the Oklahoma City Police Department because the sheriff's office didn't have enough staff to enter the jail. “The inhumane conditions of the Oklahoma County jail are horrendous.”Dickerson joined others standing outside the jail earlier in the day, waiting for word of what happened. The control of the jail shifted to the Oklahoma County Jail Trust in July from the sheriff's department.
What to Know About the Trial of Derek Chauvin
       
What to Know About the Trial of Derek Chauvin Mr. Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer, faces charges of manslaughter, second-degree murder and third-degree murder in the death of George Floyd. The jury in the murder trial of Derek Chauvin has been seated. Video transcript Back bars 0:00 / 1:11 - 0:00 transcript Final Juror Selected in Derek Chauvin Murder Trial The final member of the jury was interviewed and seated Tuesday for the murder trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd. Judge denies motion to delay Derek Chauvin trial. Video transcript Back bars 0:00 / 0:47 - 0:00 transcript Judge Denies Motion to Delay Derek Chauvin Trial On Friday, Judge Peter A. Cahill of Hennepin County District Court, who is overseeing the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis officer charged in the death of George Floyd, denied the defense team’s request for a trial delay.
The Mailbox | This cowardly social-media bullying of athletes must desist
       
What is wrong with these people who feel they must destroy this young man through faceless social media? Fausto J. Garofalo Jr., ColumbusEditor: On Friday, March 19, the Ohio State men’s basketball team lost to Oral Roberts and was bounced from the NCAA Tournament. Wrap the entire matter up in one weekend, eliminate the “mad,” and protect the safety of our athletes. Editor: I’m happy OSU lost, but not for the reason you might think. John Watson, via emailJohn: The real trick here is how you introduced the Black Lives Matter movement into a discussion about basketball players kneeling in protest.
Protest laws move UK towards paramilitary policing, says former chief
       
A former police chief has warned that new protest laws move Britain dangerously in the direction of “paramilitary policing” and that UK ministers are “flexing their muscles via their police forces” like repressive regimes around the world. Police chiefs will be seen as the arbiters of what is and is not allowed when it comes to protest. Fahy, the former chief constable of Greater Manchester police and former vice-chair of the police chiefs’ body, said the proposed protest laws were a mistake and posed a danger for policing. The policing of protest can cause long-term damage.”Fahy added: “Policing is not always about the majority, sometimes it is about protecting rights of the minority. “It is wrong to claim these measures will stop people from carrying out their civic right to protest.
Derek Chauvin trial: Why role of TV cameras could come into focus
       
One of those cameras will be trained on Derek Chauvin, the former policeman accused of killing George Floyd in custody. Mr Chauvin could be jailed for decades over the 25 May, 2020 death of Mr Floyd, an unarmed black man. Court TV believes its coverage of The People vs Derek Chauvin will uphold both of those constitutional rights. Having relaunched under new ownership in 2019, Court TV sees the Chauvin trial as more than a throwback to those glory days. The Chauvin trial, she added, is "a return to our mission, our mission is to give people a front-row seat to justice".
Here are the jurors who will decide if Derek Chauvin is guilty of murder or manslaughter in George Floyd's death
       
Over about two weeks, lawyers for the prosecution and defense quizzed potential jurors about their knowledge of Floyd’s death, their opinions of Chauvin, and their attitudes about police, racial injustice, and the protests and rioting that followed Floyd’s death. Quote iconShe said she believes her community improved because of the massive protests that took place after Floyd’s death. Activists: Floyd's death spurred global change George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police set the nation ablaze. Referring to the protestors who lashed out after Floyd’s death, she said, “maybe they felt they were never heard. The organization might bear a small measure of responsibility for the rioting after Floyd’s death, he said.
‘It’s for the people’: how George Floyd Square became a symbol of resistance – and healing
       
The sign on a barricade on a once-unassuming street in Minneapolis reads: “You’re now entering the free state of George Floyd”. To activists and community members, it’s George Floyd Square. “It’s for everybody in the world that wants to come here.”Marcia Howard, left, a group organizer, addresses activists and neighbors at George Floyd Square on 4 March. Photograph: Nicholas Pfosi/ReutersGeorge Floyd Square falls between Minneapolis’ eighth and ninth wards, represented respectively by city council member Alondra Cano and council vice-president Andrea Jenkins. She recently told the Guardian that the prospect of Chauvin’s trial was “traumatic” and that the neighborhood of George Floyd Square was struggling amid the aftermath of Floyd’s death and the coronavirus pandemic.
University of Oxford considers scrapping sheet music for being 'too colonial'
       
The University of Oxford is considering scrapping sheet music for being 'too colonial' after staff raised concerns about the 'complicity in white supremacy' in music curriculums. University staff have argued that the current curriculum focuses on 'white European music from the slave period', according to The Telegraph. The University of Oxford (Merton College pictured) is considering scrapping sheet music for being 'too colonial' after staff raised concerns about the 'complicity in white supremacy' in music curriculumsDocuments seen by the publication indicate proposed reforms to target undergraduate courses. It comes after one Oxford college removed the name of an 18th-century slave trader from its main library earlier this year - but has defied calls to take down his statue. The former college fellow who died in 1710 bequeathed £10,000 to the library which has since been unofficially known as the Codrington Library.
'Stop Asian Hate' rallies held across SoCal and nationwide; demonstrators decry rise in violence
       
"We need to continue to be loud and stand together to stop hate crimes,'' Los Angeles County Supervisor Holly Mitchell said. "Now is not the time to be silent, let's continue to support each other and speak out against hate. But the Asian community has sort of swallowed it. ""We want to tell the world ... that enough is enough," said Steven Kang, director of external affairs for the Koreatown Youth and Community Center in Los Angeles. ''A candlelight vigil to fight against AAPI hate was also scheduled to be held at Chinatown Central Plaza from 6-7:15 p.m. Assemblywoman Wendy Carrillo, D-Los Angeles, is set to speak.
Biden walks the union line, making a play for blue-collar workers
       
Seth Harris, now a top labor adviser to Biden, wrote a script for a Biden video promoting the union effort. Many Democrats admit Trump outmaneuvered them with his direct, blunt appeals to White workers. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) wrote an op-ed voicing carefully calibrated support for the Amazon union drive. ADIn his first two months, Biden has aggressively sought to cement support from unions and workers. While Biden has positioned himself staunchly alongside the Amazon workers, he also has some associations with the company through his vast political network.
Oklahoma City sees protest outside jail following hostage drama
       
A group of protesters gathered outside the Oklahoma County Detention Center in Oklahoma City on Saturday night, after the jail was placed on lockdown following a hostage situation that resulted in officers killing an inmate. The guard, who was not identified, was able to leave the building under his own power, Williams told The Oklahoman. Outside the lockup, the leader of the city’s Black Lives Matter chapter said the Oklahoma County jail was known for adverse conditions for inmates. "The inhumane conditions of the Oklahoma County jail are horrendous." CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPInmates have complained of moldy food, lack of water and lack of showers, Dickerson told the newspaper.
'Stop the hate!': Hundreds rally in downtown Chandler to support Asian community Sunday
       
Over 10% of Chandler's population is Asian, according to 2019 estimates. "Asian Americans are underneath attack and it’s time for us – even I, as an African American need to stand beside my Asian brothers and sister and let them know that we need to stop Asian hate." Community outrage over anti-Asian violenceThere has been an increase in attacks against Asian Americans since the COVID-19 pandemic started a year ago. The actual number of anti-Asian incidents is most likely much higher because many incidents go unreported, Jeung said. One in four Americans, including nearly half of Asian Americans, in recent weeks, have seen someone blame Asian people for the coronavirus epidemic, a new USA TODAY/Ipsos Poll found.
Funding Hate: How extremists like the ones who attacked the Capitol are making money off the internet
       
Monetizing extremist contentIn the past, hate groups raised money by means such as charging dues, selling products or requiring the purchase of uniforms. In fact, crowdfunding and online content monetization enabled the extremists behind the “Stop the Steal” movement to make anti-democratic organizing a livelihood. Far-right activist and self-described “Stop the Steal” national organizer Ali Alexander, for example, has relied on websites like GiveSendGo, an alternative to the popular crowdfunding site GoFundMe, to secure funding for his activities. Instead of Patreon, a crowdfunding site popular with artists, journalists, musicians and other creators, extremists could use sites like Hatreon, founded by antigovernment extremist Cody Wilson. Crowdfunding sites played a critical role in the Capitol insurrection, providing money to help people to travel to Washington.
What Derek Chauvin’s trial in the death of George Floyd means for America
       
“The irony is that race may not come up in the actual courtroom during the trial. ADADBut Moriarty said the ongoing pandemic may also have contributed to the makeup of the Chauvin jury in other ways, pointing to the large number of young people on the jury, including people of color. He did not tell Floyd who he was or what he was investigating, causing Floyd to panic, cry and beg officers not to kill him. Thao suggested placing Floyd on the ground, where Lane held Floyd’s legs, Kueng held his back and Chauvin pinned him at the neck. “One question would be, should they try to communicate to the jury that Chauvin is not a racist?” Butler, the Georgetown Law professor, said.
Recap: Jury selection for Derek Chauvin trial completed, opening arguments to begin Monday
       
Jury selection was completed this week in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. She said the negativity mostly came from constant news reports about Floyd’s death. In the video, Chauvin is seen pressing his knee on Floyd’s neck as Floyd is on the ground pleading for air. He said his workplace held a discussion about preventing racism after Floyd’s death, and that he read a book on the subject. Potential jurors have been questioned at length about their exposure to media coverage of Floyd’s death as well as on race and law enforcement.
'We've been waiting for this moment:' Rally for Asian Americans in Fort Lee draws over 700
       
I don't think there's ever been a moment when Asian Americans had a movement." Many people, she said, view Asian Americans, even those born in the U.S., as foreigners — and have blamed them for the COVID-19 virus because it is believed to have begun in China. "You are police officers, our Planning Board, you are our council members," he said to Asian Americans in the crowd. This year, as hate crimes against Asian Americans have grown during the pandemic, an Anti-Defamation League survey found that 17% of Asian Americans said they had been harassed online, an increase of more than 50% from last year. Son, a rally organizer, said people across the nation have "become more racially conscious" over the past year and that Asian Americans are feeling threatened as perhaps never before.
'We Not Human At All.' Why the Fight to Unionize an Alabama Amazon Warehouse Could Spur a Labor Union Resurgence
       
After months of organizing and infighting, he will learn whether he was successful in helping to unionize the first Amazon warehouse in the country after the seven-week voting period ends on March 29. Unlike many unionization battles, the central issue at stake for Amazon and its Bessemer workers isn’t just about money. In 2014, a tiny number of technicians and mechanics who maintained order-fulfillment equipment at a distribution center in Middletown, Delaware participated in the first-ever unionization vote at an Amazon warehouse. But there are signals of a union revival, and the Bessemer workers have gained support from prominent national politicians. Public support for labor unions is also widening: According to a September 2020 Gallup report, 65% of Americans approved of labor unions, a high point that hadn’t been reached in nearly two decades.
Giancarlo Stanton agrees with Tony Clark about asking to move All-Star Game from Atlanta
       
TAMPA, Fla. — Giancarlo Stanton is on board with union chief Tony Clark, who floated the possibility this past week of having discussions with MLB requesting that this year’s All-Star Game be moved from Atlanta after Georgia passed a law that would appear to disproportionally affect voters of color. Talk about it, get the best game plan and move forward with it." "As it relates to the All-Star Game, we have not had a conversation with the league on that issue. "As we get to that point and we know more, I will make a better decision. But I do think that if it gets to that point, it will certainly be a decision I have to make personally."
Charlottesville mayor's poem about city, racism 'hits nerve'
       
Charlottesville, she wrote, “lynched you, hung the noose at city hall and pressed the souvenir that was once your finger against its lips.”It ends by stating that the city of 47,000 “is anchored in white supremacy and rooted in racism. “This is a new era of Black electeds,” said Wes Bellamy, a friend of Walker’s, a former Charlottesville vice mayor and interim chair of Virginia State University’s political science department. “And so in this way, Mayor Walker is 100% in line with Black women elected officials, not just mayors but those who are serving in Congress,” Brown said. But, Brown added, Walker's words could also provide fuel to those pushing back against the nation's current reckoning with its past. Among them is Peter Snyder, an entrepreneur and former Fox News contributor who lives in Charlottesville.
Noose found hanging from tree outside a church near Capitol Hill
       
Noose found hanging from tree outside a church near Capitol HillAdded: 27.03.2021 20:18 | 7 views | 0 commentsSt. Mark's Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C., has a Black Lives Matter banner on the front of the building.
Biden Doesn’t Need to Be FDR or LBJ to Change America
       
Thus, in 2008, Barack Obama touted his ambition to change “the trajectory of America” in the same way that Ronald Reagan had done. By May 2020, Biden himself was broadcasting an ambition to be the next FDR. As Ackerman writes:Biden’s COVID relief plan is what you would have expected a President Joe Biden to pass in an emergency. The Biden coalition may be incapable of delivering a Great Society, but a markedly better one is within reach. In terms of partisan polarization, early Biden looks more like early Trump than he does like any previous president.
Good Trouble's Zuri Adele Talks Normalizing Black Joy, Romance, and Everyday Lives Onscreen
       
Image Source: FreeformAs a Black woman who loves TV, I'm always going to give a show starring another Black woman a chance. What what would you say are some of the differences between Malika from season one versus now in season three? Image Source: FreeformZA: Right, right, right. ZA: I agree, I don't think Malika needs to be conventional for a while, if at all. I want to keep normalizing our joyful experiences, our romances, our everyday lives, and the scars on our hearts.
What to expect at the Derek Chauvin murder trial
       
The quest to seat the jury in the high-profile murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has reached the finish line. Chauvin — who, along with the three other officers involved, was immediately fired following the incident — has been charged with second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter. Meanwhile, the prosecution will have to prove that Chauvin’s actions during the arrest ultimately caused Floyd’s death. Hennepin County District Court Judge Peter Cahill rejected Nelson’s motions, though, saying Chauvin wouldn’t get a fairer trial anywhere else. “It’s an insult to Black Minneapolis residents because we have to forgo our bias and lived experiences all the time to fit in the system.
The Identity Hoaxers
       
From the start, Munchausen syndrome had a social component as well as a medical one. We hear more about the Holocaust hoaxers and the 9/11 fakers because these are internationally famous, political tragedies. In the hierarchy of suffering, it’s at the pinnacle.”The notion of needing “to be associated with the victims rather than the perpetrators” is what sent me down the rabbit hole of identity hoaxers. There is no parallel form of my adulthood connected to white people or a white community or an alternative white identity.” She claimed to be, in the popular phrase, living her truth—even though her truth was a charade. But people closer to these hoaxers, and closer to the pain they cause, tend to have a less forgiving view.
Police Are Investigating A Possible Hate Crime After A Noose Was Found Outside A Church In DC
       
A noose was found hanging from a tree outside The St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Washington D.C. on Friday morning. A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police Department told BuzzFeed News that the incident is being investigated as a possible hate crime. The church’s reverend said they prayed with police officers and church staff after the noose was removed from the tree in a note posted on the church’s website. I know that this symbol causes fear in people's hearts,” Reverend Michele Morgan said in a statement. The church has received “overwhelming” support from the community and past parishioners following the incident, Morgan said.
Biden walks the union line, making a play for blue-collar workers
       
Seth Harris, now a top labor adviser to Biden, wrote a script for a Biden video promoting the union effort. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) wrote an op-ed voicing carefully calibrated support for the Amazon union drive. ADIn his first two months, Biden has aggressively sought to cement support from unions and workers. While Biden has positioned himself staunchly alongside the Amazon workers, he also has some associations with the company through his vast political network. Jay Carney, Biden’s communications director when he was vice president, is now a senior vice president at Amazon.
DPS board member Tay Anderson denies sexual assault allegation
       
Denver Public Schools board member Tay Anderson said Saturday that an allegation of sexual assault made by a local chapter of Black Lives Matter on behalf of an anonymous woman is untrue. On Friday, Black Lives Matter 5280 published a public statement saying a woman came to the group in February alleging Anderson had sexually assaulted her. “I am not aware of any actions of mine that could be considered or construed as sexual assault. I am not aware of any past partners who have considered anything I’ve done sexual assault,” Anderson’s statement said. In its statement, BLM5280 said it will separate itself from Anderson until he responds.
Cops Hired by Amazon Are Intimidating Workers and Supporters of the Union Drive
       
If this union vote is successful, it will be the first union of Amazon workers in the United States. We arrived at the Bessemer facility to stand in solidarity with the workers and take footage of the facility. Left Voice reporters stopped by Bessemer police and Amazon security while filming a solidarity report in front of the Amazon BHM1 facility. Amazon has hired off-duty cops to moonlight as security on the premises to harass union supporters and workers. If Bessemer workers are successful in their union drive, then they will join the ranks of the Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union (RWDSU), which is an affiliate of the AFL-CIO.
Silver Knights forward co-authors children’s book on race, diversity
       
Silver Knights forward Jermaine Loewen co-authored an illustrated children’s book during the offseason that centers around the themes of race and kindness. The Henderson Silver Knights' Tyrell Goulbourne (12) chats with Jermaine Loewen (54) during a team practice at Lifeguard Arena in Henderson, on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. Before he does that, the Silver Knights winger started by writing something a little shorter. This season, Loewen has appeared in 10 games for the Silver Knights with one assist and nine penalty minutes. Milestone for O’ReganForward Danny O’Regan assisted on the Silver Knights’ first goal in Wednesday’s 5-2 loss to Colorado for his 200th career point in the AHL.
'I assumed they were treating us fairly:' Why can't NCAA get women's basketball right?
       
Quote iconWomen’s college basketball is on many radar screens now – and not just for the controversy. And then on Friday, he apologized to the women's basketball players. “We have a game for college men’s basketball that doesn’t match every other aspect of our game including women. Over an eight-month span, she put together what became known as the Division I Women’s Basketball White Paper. In discussing interviews that allowed hundreds of people connected with women’s basketball to have input, Ackerman wrote: “My principal observation from the interviews is that there is a tremendous appetite for change in the way Division I women’s basketball is played, marketed and managed.
Noose found hanging from tree outside a church near Capitol Hill
       
A noose was found hanging from a tree outside a church in Washington, D.C., on Friday morning. D.C. Councilman Charles Allen first posted about the incident on Twitter, describing it as a "despicable symbol & act of hate." A noose was found today at St Marks Episcopal Church on the Hill. pic.twitter.com/ClJDwHZnWm — Charles Allen (@charlesallen) March 26, 2021Officers at the scene took the noose down from the large tree it was found on and kept it for evidence, NBC Washington reported. “That symbol has no business being in our country, in our city and certainly not in a church courtyard,” she said.
Charlottesville mayor’s poem about city, racism ‘hits nerve’
       
(Andrew Shurtleff/The Daily Progress via AP, File)America’s Black politicians have a long history of calling out the nation’s racism. Charlottesville, she wrote , “lynched you, hung the noose at city hall and pressed the souvenir that was once your finger against its lips.”It ends by stating that the city of 47,000 “is anchored in white supremacy and rooted in racism. “You all said you were open to being challenged.”Bellamy, who lives in Charlottesville, told the AP that the city has made a lot of improvements in recent years. “And so in this way, Mayor Walker is 100% in line with Black women elected officials, not just mayors but those who are serving in Congress,” Brown said. Among them is Peter Snyder, an entrepreneur and former Fox News contributor who lives in Charlottesville.
Charlottesville mayor's poem about city, racism 'hits nerve'
       
Walker said on Facebook Live that she was clear about who she was from the beginning. "You all said you were open to being challenged.”Bellamy, who lives in Charlottesville, told the AP that the city has made a lot of improvements in recent years. “I’ve had a lot of people say she told it exactly like it is,” he said of Walker. And many have taken to social media to advance social justice causes, such as Black Lives Matter. “And so in this way, Mayor Walker is 100% in line with Black women elected officials, not just mayors but those who are serving in Congress,” Brown said.
'I assumed they were treating us fairly:' Why can't NCAA get women's basketball right?
       
Quote iconWomen’s college basketball is on many radar screens now – and not just for the controversy. And then on Friday, he apologized to the women's basketball players. “We have a game for college men’s basketball that doesn’t match every other aspect of our game including women. Over an eight-month span, she put together what became known as the Division I Women’s Basketball White Paper. In discussing interviews that allowed hundreds of people connected with women’s basketball to have input, Ackerman wrote: “My principal observation from the interviews is that there is a tremendous appetite for change in the way Division I women’s basketball is played, marketed and managed.
Phoenix is a national embarrassment in the anti-Asian hate movement. We must do better
       
Metro Phoenix has been one of the nation’s fastest-growing areas for years, creating a boom in real estate prices and business opportunities in countless sectors. Already, Arizona has to reconcile its reputation as the state that tried to make it illegal to drive while Latino. Especially in a metro area where a plan to create a Phoenix civilian review board with independent powers to investigate claims of police brutality was rejected. Especially in a metro area where a 74-year-old Asian man was attacked by a stranger and skeptics respond by debating whether it was a hate crime. Metro Phoenix has been one of the nation’s fastest-growing areas for years.
Floyd spurred broad push for change globally, activists say
       
Still, group co-founder Sam Sinyangwe said, “There are some shifts happening. “What the Black Lives Matter movement has done is use these various incidents to allow us to reevaluate the underlying cultural narrative,” said David Hooker, associate professor of the practice of conflict transformation and peacebuilding at Notre Dame’s Keough School of Global Affairs. Hooker, Wallace and others say that narrative — with its neat assignment of people into “good” and “bad” categories — promotes violence against racial minorities and aims to keep them from flourishing. Floyd, they say, is a perfect example: Here was a man who was once imprisoned but was striving to make a better life for himself and his family. His life mattered more than the few, less-savory details about his past that had been reported in the press and that could come up in his accused killer’s trial, said Wallace, who is also a member of the Movement for Black Lives' national policy leadership team.
If Teen Vogue can fire an editor for her teenage tweets, no one is safe
       
Earlier this month, Alexi McCammond was named editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue. However, after her appointment, there was an internal revolt among Teen Vogue staff after more than 20 employees discovered McCammond’s decade-old tweets and sent a letter condemning them — and their new editor-in-chief — to the management of Condé-Nast. Other tweets included stereotypes of Asian academic overachievement and the usage of the terms “homo” and “gay” in a derogatory manner. However, McCammond was at the formative age of 17 when she sent those tweets — and has profusely apologized since, including in 2019. It’s possible that I’ve already preemptively canceled myself because of one of my teenage mistakes in the past years (or even months) that may be considered a cancelable offense in five, or 10, years time.
Floyd spurred broad push for change globally, activists say
       
As Minneapolis braces for Monday’s opening statements in the trial of Derek Chauvin, the ex-officer who is charged with murder and manslaughter in George Floyd’s death, so does the world. ADVERTISEMENTThis time the victim was George Floyd, a 46-year-old Black father of five captured in a sickening citizen video taking his final breaths under a white officer’s knee. “George Floyd has taken systemic racism from personal problem to America’s issue,” Wallace said. “You’ll march for George Floyd,” the activist said, “but would you have hired him?”____Morrison reported from New York City. ___Find the AP’s full coverage of the death of George Floyd: https://apnews.com/hub/death-of-george-floyd___Morrison is a member of the AP’s Race and Ethnicity team.
Noose found in courtyard of Episcopal church on Capitol Hill
       
St. Mark’s, a stately, historical church a block from the U.S. Capitol, has had two Black Lives Matter banners stolen off the red brick building in the past year, Morgan said. The first, put up after the death of George Floyd in police custody, said: “All Lives Matter Only If Black Lives Matter: Let’s take seriously the injustices and wrongs that are right in front of us.” The second read: “Our Witness Remains The Same: Black Lives Matter.” The third, which is still up, is the same as the first. St. Mark’s is majority White and relatively high-profile, with an idyllic public courtyard with benches and pathways and a dramatic wood-and-brick nave inside where arts groups hold events. A vocal ensemble has for the last two weeks rented out St. Mark’s to rehearse a performance about the crucifixion that features a Black Jesus. A group of preschoolers who are taught inside the church started to come out to play in the courtyard, like they do every day, she said.
How Court TV is covering the George Floyd trial: 'This is American history in the making'
       
The difference is that this trial is being held at a courthouse about 15 minutes away from where George Floyd died, and they're pulling the jury from the same community. The U.S. House just passed the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, and that kind of legislation isn't bound by what happens with Derek Chauvin one way or the other. They don't want George Floyd to be put on trial — they want Derek Chauvin to be put on trial. One item that's already come up is whether or not there are similarities to a 2019 arrest where there was body cam footage of George Floyd. Court TV's coverage of Minnesota v. Derek Chauvin begins March 29.
Volkswagen to seek dieselgate damages from former CEO, Audi boss
       
A House subcommittee hearing on Wednesday took a look at domestic terrorism at the state and local level, from prosecutors’ perspectives. The former heads of congressional security, and particularly disgraced Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund, traded accusations of irresponsibility during high-profile hearings in February. Short of that, these hearings should continue.”Members of Congress have not utterly shrunk from holding those responsible for Jan. 6 to account. Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL), who spoke at the rally on Jan. 6, is kicking off a bid for U.S. Senate. After 9/11, the first inquiry came from the joint congressional intelligence committees, which looked at intelligence failures in isolation.
GOP eyes Albuquerque congressional seat held by Haaland
       
Aragon, an admirer of Rush Limbaugh, has cast himself as a political outsider with hardline positions against public unions and enduring support for former President Donald Trump's stalled border wall project. “They're literally passing themselves off as the American way,” Aragon said. He backed a Republican bill to legalize recreational cannabis in 2019 — he says to keep Democratic legislation at bay — and acknowledged accepting campaign donations from the marijuana industry. Other Republican candidates include attorney and Clovis native Jared Vander Dussen and Michaela Chavez, a bookkeeper who unsuccessfully ran last year for state Senate. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without permission.
'Shameful': Florida House Passes GOP's Anti-Protest Bill
       
Decrying the passage of House Bill 1 in the Florida legislature on Friday, the state's ACLU chapter warned that if the undemocratic anti-protest bill pushed by Republican Gov. —Micah Kubic, ACLU of Florida"It is shameful that this bill has passed in the House," Micah Kubic, executive director of the ACLU of Florida, said in a statement. "We've said it before and will state it again," Kubic continued: "This bill is not intended to increase public safety. Over 95% of protests across the state of Florida have been peaceful." HB 1, the anti-protest bill, is being debated on the Florida House floor today.
The class issues behind the unionization drive at Amazon
       
No doubt, these Amazon workers are looking for a way to fight the company. But when a capitalist politician claims to support the “rights” of workers, workers should check their wallets. Behind their claims of support for Amazon workers, ulterior motives are at work, in accordance with a definite class strategy. Under these conditions, the ruling class needs a mechanism for disciplining the working class and channeling its anger. With the assistance of the WSWS and the SEP, workers are building a rapidly growing network of such committees among teachers, autoworkers, healthcare workers and Amazon workers.
Atlantic City to spend $36G, repaint Black Lives Matter street mural that left drivers confused
       
A Black Lives Matter pavement mural that covered both sides of a street in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in yellow paint, obscuring yellow lane markers, will be repainted for safety reasons, the city said. The sheer amount of yellow paint on the street was confusing drivers, many of whom didn’t know where to drive on the road, according to officials. "We tried to work through the issue with the Department of Transportation," Small said of the original paint job, according to The Press of Atlantic City. BLM ACTIVIST ARRESTED IN RELATION TO LINCOLN STATUE DEFACEMENT IN IDAHOThe mural was a compromise between Black Lives Matter activists who wanted it painted on the famous Atlantic City boardwalk and city officials who refused that idea. He said he'd also be in favor of moving the mural to another street, according to the newspaper.
Trump falsely claims Jan. 6 rioters were ‘hugging and kissing’ police
       
“Look, they went in — they shouldn’t have done it — some of them went in, and they’re hugging and kissing the police and the guards, you know? A lot of the people were waved in, and then they walked in, and they walked out.”ADAccounts from that day immediately shatter Trump’s attempt at revisionist history. Many officers suffered concussions and other bodily injuries from being beaten with flagpoles, sprayed with bear spray, punched, dragged and trampled. More than 300 people have been charged since the attack that resulted in five deaths and 130 police assaults. ADTrump is not the only Republican to downplay the severity of the Jan. 6 attack.
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signs voting bill under portrait of a slave plantation
       
Internet sleuths dug up ties to slavery in the history of a painting under which Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) signed a bill imposing new voting restrictions that critics say would disenfranchise the state's Black voters. Will Bunch, author and opinion columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer, tweeted out the finding and the history of the portrait, "Brickhouse Road -- Callaway [Plantation],” claiming "the symbolism is no accident." Notice the antebellum-style portrait behind Kemp as he signs the suppression law? But plantation weddings have been criticized for glorifying the era of slavery in United States history and not acknowledging the violent and racist past of these plantations.
Georgia activists call for Coca-Cola boycott over ‘deafening silence’ on voting rights
       
Bishop Reginald Thomas Jackson, the presiding prelate, said that there had been a “deafening silence” around voting rights from Coca-Cola and other companies that had put out statements last year supporting the Black Lives Matter movement. But those major companies have declined to speak out directly against the bills. Coca-Cola told the Guardian earlier this month it supported both chambers of commerce and a “balanced approach to elections”. Georgia lawmakers will probably hammer out a final version of sweeping voting changes before the legislative session ends next week. But at the same time, we think all of these major companies have responsibilities on issues of social justice.”
Two more tied to Proud Boys hit with conspiracy charges in Jan. 6 Capitol breach
       
ADADU.S. Magistrate Zia M. Faruqui of Washington, D.C., ordered the younger Klein detained after a video teleconference hearing Friday. He was wearing body armor and goggles and carrying a baseball bat and a paintball gun, chasing one person who was beaten by a person seen with Klein, prosecutors alleged. ADThey accuse the men of entering the Capitol through a door on its northwest side, where the younger Klein allegedly celebrated with an unnamed Proud Boys member. The panel also directed the trial judge to consider how judges have treated similarly situated defendants. The judge did order a third co-defendant, Meggs’s husband, Kelly Meggs, 52, jailed pending trial.
Arizona GOP lawmakers want felony charge for protesters who damage statues
       
Bob ChristieAssociated PressRepublicans in the Arizona Legislature are reacting to last year's wave of damage to Confederate monuments by civil rights protesters here and across the nation by working to make it a felony to damage or destroy any public or private monument or statue. Rep. John Kavanagh supported his proposal at a Senate committee hearing on Thursday by saying public monuments are a statement by the community that demand more protection. The proposal adds defacing a monument or statue to existing law that makes it an aggravated felony offense to deface a cemetery headstone or church. Scores of Confederate statues, monuments or markers were removed from public land across the country after Floyd's death. "There's never an excuse to break the law to enforce a point," said GOP Sen. Wendy Rogers of Flagstaff.
Amazon Hires Off-Duty Cops to Harass Workers, the Press, and Supporters
       
If this union vote is successful, it will be the first union of Amazon workers in the United States. We arrived at the Bessemer facility to stand in solidarity with the workers and take footage of the facility. Left Voice reporters stopped by Bessemer police and Amazon security while filming a solidarity report in front of the Amazon BHM1 facility. Amazon has hired off-duty cops to moonlight as security on the premises to harass union supporters and workers. You might be interested in: No Pigs Allowed: Let’s Kick Cops out of our UnionsCops are not workers.
Tucker Carlson Justifies the Idea of a Full-Blown Fascist Takeover
       
For years, Tucker Carlson has used his Fox News program to flirt with fascist and white nationalist talking points. Why should I be a good citizen if they don’t have to follow the rules?’” Carlson said. “I mean, things kind of break down at some point, don’t they?”“They will break down, they are breaking down, Tucker,” Kelly replied. Jesse Kelly, thank you.”Up until this Tucker Carlson Tonight appearance, Kelly’s most notable contribution to the discourse included one essay calling for the U.S. to split up––or else––and another fantasizing about Americans killing each other over political disagreements. — Leak of Bombshell CBS Investigation Led to Multimillion-Dollar Settlement— From the Archive: The Day Before Tragedy— Not a subscriber?
“I’ve Got to Do Something. I’ve Got to Say Something”: A Conversation With CNN’s Don Lemon
       
The Black Lives Matter protests of 2020 catalyzed Black Americans far and wide, and CNN’s Don Lemon, the only African American cable-news anchor in prime time, was no different. Lemon joins Inside the Hive to discuss his best-selling new book, This Is the Fire: What I Say to My Friends About Racism. In it, Lemon describes how the Trump years exposed America’s racial wounds, but also cleared the way for a new era of accountability. “People are being held accountable, and they cannot just say something bigoted or racist or insensitive or inappropriate with impunity anymore,” Lemon observes. Join Vanity Fair to receive full access to VF.com and the complete online archive now.
Dem Hearings Bend Over Backward to Ignore GOP Complicity in Capitol Riot
       
The Senate hearings revealed an abiding interest in pinpointing intelligence and security failures ahead of and during the insurrection. A House subcommittee hearing on Wednesday took a look at domestic terrorism at the state and local level, from prosecutors’ perspectives. The former heads of congressional security, and particularly disgraced Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund, traded accusations of irresponsibility during high-profile hearings in February. ”The hearings’ most poignant moments may have come from Walker, whose frustration over the Pentagon suppressing the Guard’s arrival was powerful. Short of that, these hearings should continue.”Members of Congress have not utterly shrunk from holding those responsible for Jan. 6 to account.
The High Cost of Georgia’s Restrictive Voting Bills
       
Illustration by João FazendaEarlier this month, both of the Republican-controlled chambers of the Georgia legislature passed bills that would impede voting, particularly for African-Americans. The Senate bill would cut mobile voting facilities, end no-excuse absentee voting, and require people who are qualified to vote absentee to provide a witness’s signature on the ballot envelope. Lewis helped lead the fight for the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. That law is justly celebrated in the civil-rights center, even as its intent is being eviscerated in the capitol. Last Wednesday, Warnock delivered his first speech on the Senate floor, and tied the cause of voting rights to the fight over the filibuster.
Mitt Romney Receives JFK Profile in Courage Award for Voting to Convict Trump
       
Romney, 74, is the 2021 recipient of the annual Profile in Courage Award, the foundation announced on Friday. "The 2021 Profile in Courage Award goes to Senator Mitt Romney for his vote to convict President Donald J. Trump in 2020, and his consistent and courageous defense of democracy," the official announcement reads. Mitt Romney Image zoom Mitt Romney | Credit: Bill Clark/CQ Roll CallRomney spoke to the Today show on Friday about the award, saying he was "very appreciative" and "also humbled by it." Romney twice voted to convict Trump, and several other Republicans joined him in the second trial. Mitt Romney, Donald Trump Image zoom Mitt Romney (L); Donald Trump | Credit: Felix Hörhager/picture alliance via Getty; MANDEL NGAN/AFP via GettyRELATED VIDEO: Mitt Romney Joins Black Lives Matter Protest in Washington, D.C., as Trump Mocks HimRomney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee who has long been a vocal critic of Trump's, confirmed in October that he did not vote for Trump in November.
TikToker Alleges Madonna Photoshopped Her Head onto Her Own Body: 'I Wish I Was Credited'
       
"I think if you're going to play somebody else's body off as your own, they deserve to be mentioned. Amelia Goldie told BuzzfeedTikToker Alleges Madonna Photoshopped Her Head onto Her Own Body: 'I Wish I Was Credited'A woman named Amelia Goldie is alleging that Madonna photoshopped her face onto her body in a photo she posted six years ago, while promoting her album Rebel Heart. "I look Kewl … ?? #rebelheart," Madonna captioned her May 1, 2015, Instagram post featuring the allegedly photoshopped image of herself. While a rep for Madonna has not responded to PEOPLE's request for comment, Goldie told Buzzfeed in an interview published Thursday that she thought the post "was a joke" at first. RELATED VIDEO: Kendall Jenner Sets the Record Straight on "Photoshopped" Black Lives Matter PhotoAnother person who recently recalled an "awkward" Madonna moment?
Microsoft Buying Discord Would Be 2021’s Best Acquisition
       
Kara Swisher: Microsoft is in talks to acquire Discord, a social media for video gamers. It’s been a huge year for video-gaming companies, and Microsoft has bolstered much of its gaming business with acquisitions. Scott Galloway: The best acquisition of 2020 — and I don’t like the company, but it was the best acquisition of 2020 — was when Uber acquired Postmates and diversified away. That’s really powerful, really powerful. I think you’re right: Microsoft has done such a great job of keeping a low profile.
Watch Sacha Baron Cohen Discuss Trial of Chicago 7, Activism
       
On Friday, Sacha Baron Cohen participated in Netflix’s Chicago 7 Town Hall: Voices for Change, a virtual town hall event centered around discussing the Chicago 7 activists and the recent feature film based on them, which Baron Cohen starred in. He’s up for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his role as activist Abbie Hoffman. “We discussed what’s the purpose of making a movie,” he said, “because making a movie is ultimately a massive hassle. It was an incredible coincidence, a lucky coincidence, that we made it and then the Black Lives Matter protests happened. The movie became increasingly relevant.”The hour-long town hall event also featured Sorkin, as well as actor and activist Baratunde Thurston; activist Dolores Huerta; Watergate prosecutor Jill Wine-Banks; original Chicago 7 member Lee Weiner; and actor and activist Olivia Munn.
A new way to view homelessness: Not as a problem but as a culture
       
“I’m trying to show they actually have agency and are using rational thought.” A year later, their fundamental view has not changed. Among anthropologists, this is “material culture” — from soda bottle caps to propane heaters — and studying it can help researchers understand how to help those living on the margins. Some people end up living in encampments because they think shelters are unsafe, or they avoid shelters because they don’t want structure. “There is a culture within the homeless community for people to be responsible, to help each other,” Sheptock told me. But focusing on violence or exploitation in encampments rather than on the mutual aid practiced there denies homeless people agency, Howe says.
George Floyd: When does Derek Chauvin's trial start?
       
Onlookers in the US city of Minneapolis recorded Mr Chauvin - who's white - kneeling on the neck of Mr Floyd, who was black. A shop assistant believed he had used a counterfeit $20 bill and called the police after Mr Floyd refused to give the cigarettes back. A struggle ended with Mr Floyd face down on the street. Mr Chauvin, 44, placed his left knee on Mr Floyd's neck, and kept it there for more than nine minutes, according to prosecutors. When is the Derek Chauvin trial?
Mitt Romney Receives JFK Profile in Courage Award for Voting to Convict Trump
       
Alex Wong/Getty Mitt RomneyThe same impeachment vote that drew scorn from the GOP base has now made Sen. Mitt Romney a winner of the Profile in Courage Award. Romney, 74, is the 2021 recipient of the annual Profile in Courage Award, the foundation announced on Friday. "The 2021 Profile in Courage Award goes to Senator Mitt Romney for his vote to convict President Donald J. Trump in 2020, and his consistent and courageous defense of democracy," the official announcement reads. "As the first Senator to have ever voted to convict a President of his own party, Senator Romney's courageous stand was historic." Romney twice voted to convict Trump, and several other Republicans joined him in the second trial.
San Francisco: Hundreds rally against anti-Asian American violence
       
Spurred to action by recent violent attacks in Atlanta and the Bay Area, hundreds of protesters gathered in San Francisco on Friday to rally against anti-Asian American hate. Here are a few:Friday: “Rise up with Asians” peaceful rally.” 12:30 p.m., Union Square, San FranciscoSaturday: “Stop Asian Hate” rally. 11 a.m., meet at St. Mary’s Square, San Francisco for a vigil for the victims of the Atlanta attacks. “# Stop Asian Hate” rally. “Stop Asian Hate!
Police use of force focus of Nevada reform bill
       
Nevada lawmakers on Thursday took aim at law enforcement policies on use of deadly force and protest response, legislation that is a major part of Democrats’ push this session on policing reforms. Senate Bill 212, which was heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee, would require police officers to use de-escalation techniques and, if it can be done safely, identify themselves as law enforcement before resorting to deadly force. Sen. Ira Hansen, R-Sparks, questioned the credentials and expertise of Sinyangwe and the others from Campaign Zero who helped present the bill. But Harris said she had worked with law enforcement groups on the bill, and some, including the Metropolitan Police Department, Washoe County Sheriff’s Office and the Nevada Sheriff’s and Chief’s Association, testified in support of the bill during the hearing. And while law enforcement agencies testified in support, the unions for Las Vegas police officers and and supervisors were opposed to the changes.
A Police Union Contract Puts Taxpayers on the Hook to Defend Officers When the City Won’t
       
A Police Union Contract Puts Taxpayers on the Hook to Defend Officers When the City Won’t A little-known labor contract provision obligates New Yorkers to help pay officers’ legal bills in lawsuits that city lawyers won’t defend. It looked like the city was cutting the cop loose, a step rarely taken in the hundreds of lawsuits filed every year against NYPD officers. That’s because every year, the city treasury effectively bankrolls a union-controlled legal defense fund for officers. Though the defense fund has existed for decades, there has been little scrutiny of it. A person who answered a cellphone number listed for D’Andraia hung up when ProPublica called and inquired about the officer's defense.
The Porch Pirate of Potrero Hill Can’t Believe It Came to This
       
Link CopiedThe first time Ganave Fairley got busted for stealing a neighbor’s Amazon package, she was just another porch thief unlucky to be caught on tape. “She looked groomed, slept, and fed,” Arnold told me later. And in Potrero, Fairley and the neighbors weren’t done with each other yet. (Fairley told me she wasn’t interested in talking about the videos.) That will require having a home, so Fairley told me she applied for the public housing wait lists in San Francisco and nearby counties.
The Estranged Wife Of The Leader Of The Oath Keepers Just Launched A GoFundMe To Pay For Her Divorce
       
The estranged wife of Stewart Rhodes, the founder and leader of the Oath Keepers, an armed extremist group, has launched an online fundraiser to help pay for her divorce. Adams wrote that the current “spotlight” on her husband emboldened her to seek financial help. In addition, photos and other evidence show that Oath Keepers had provided personal security in Washington the previous day for Roger Stone and others close to former president Donald Trump. Members of the Oath Keepers were in Nevada and Oregon at standoffs with federal agents over grazing rights on federal land. A frequent guest on Alex Jones’ online show Infowars, Rhodes has often used those events to draw attention to the Oath Keepers, boosting membership and raising money through donations.
The Diversity Gap In The Skin Care Industry: What To Know
       
Here’s why representation is so important, and what still needs to be done to address the lack of diversity in the skin care industry. Why BIPOC Representation In Skin Care Is So ImportantA lot of what the industry knows about skin has been studied “in white skin or lighter skin,” says Harvey. The State Of Inclusivity In The Beauty WorldIt wasn't until lately that experts have noticed been a reactive charge within the skin care and beauty industry. Both were addressing the problematic advertising lingo that called for skin care products to lighten the skin, which was — up until pretty recently — commonplace in beauty product packaging. No Longer Invisible: Understanding the Psychosocial Impact of Skin Color Stratification in the Lives of African American Women.
In a nation founded on whiteness, how to really discuss it?
       
“We have all these other ways to not talk about race and white supremacy and white nationalism,” says the Rev. That’s something white Americans must wrestle with, as Chesnut sees it. “White supremacy is destroying us, too and I don’t think we talk enough about that.”Or about much having to do with whiteness. Laurissa Steadman, a conservative and a Trump supporter, says it’s easier for white Americans who are liberal to speak about their politics than it is for white conservatives. “We as white people need to be gathering up our white people.”But getting white Americans to genuinely wrestle with these issues, Jardina says, will be a struggle.
Prince George’s County’s new police chief will be Malik Aziz, a deputy chief from Dallas
       
Aziz is currently deputy chief of the department in Dallas. “I want the citizens and the officers of Prince George’s County to understand what type of police chief I will be, and that is one of communication and high visibility,” Aziz said at the news conference. ADADDuring the Friday news conference, Aziz said the nation is the throes of a “reformation era” defined by a crisis in police-community relations. “Being a Black man in America is something I can’t run away from,” Aziz told TMJ4 in Milwaukee last year. Aziz has been with the Dallas Police since 1992 and has held an array of titles inside and outside the department, including as a deputy chief for four years before he was demoted during a leadership reorganization that decreased the size of the command staff.
Don’t be shocked: COVID-era crime anxiety has sparked TASER sales
       
The trauma of all that death and disease: Was a jump in violent crime as predictable as subway delays? But for any cop or citizen, the COVID-era trend is unsettling, even if the base of comparison is historically low. It’s all added up to a spike in anxiety even sharper than the rise in actual crime. Rising guns sales, the usual measure of crime fear across America, don’t reveal much about the anxiety quotient in New York, where relatively few civilians are legally permitted to own firearms. But at this time of rising crime and COVID-sparked anxiety, will people really arm themselves with nonlethal devices that shoot electrified darts instead of bullets?
Anti-riot bill passes sharply split Florida House, heads to Senate
       
TALLAHASSEE – A sharply divided Florida House passed a bill Friday to impose harsher penalties on rioters, a major priority of Gov. Ron DeSantis and a measure that supporters say is meant to curb the violence in the wake of some of the Black Lives Matter protests last summer.
Oregon brothers accused of storming U.S. Capitol ordered held pending trial
       
Oregon brothers Matthew Leland Klein and Jonathanpeter Allen Klein, who are accused of storming the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, were ordered Friday to be held in custody pending trial on six felony charges. “The exact example of what the court gave is what the defendant has done,” Faruqui said during Jonathanpeter Klein’s hearing. He was actively involved,” Faruqui ruled during Jonathanpeter Klein’s hearing. The Klein brothers were living with their parents in South America until February 2020. Their parents lived as missionaries in Argentina and Chile, where Jonathanpeter Klein volunteered as a translator, Sweet said.
Wikipedia Editor Temporarily Banned for Criticizing Use of ‘Tree’ as Pronoun
       
The Wikipedia page for actor Keiynan Lonsdale became a battlefield in the fight over “preferred pronouns” due to a Twitter thread noting Lonsdale once suggested “tree” as his preferred pronoun. Despite doubts about Lonsdale’s sincerity, editors repeatedly changed the male pronouns on his article to “tree” this past week until an editor sought a compromise by removing pronouns entirely. One editor who criticized the move and denigrated the idea of “tree” as a pronoun was banned for a week. I want to call my friends ‘tree’ and me ‘tree’ and everyone ‘tree.’ So, I think, like now, when people ask me what my preferred pronoun is, I’m going to say ‘tree.’”Editors on Wikipedia have tried to add the “tree” pronoun to Lonsdale’s page on Wikipedia since then, and were repeatedly rejected. After a user suggested not using “tree” as Lonsdale’s pronoun was “transphobic” as well, EEng retorted that using “tree” as a pronoun “is lunacy.
Hundreds of schools in England sign up for anti-racist curriculum
       
In the absence of government-led change to the national curriculum, grassroots groups have offered schemes to help schools improve. More than 660 schools in England have signed up to a diverse and anti-racist curriculum developed by teachers and council staff in the London borough of Hackney, for example. Natalie Russell, the organisation’s head of delivery and development, said many teachers lacked the confidence to provide a diverse curriculum because they had not been taught about black history. It does provide a sense of shared belonging and understanding.”In collaboration with the Black Curriculum, the Manchester Gorton MP, Afzal Khan, announced a diverse curriculum charter for schools in his constituency. Khan, who is of Pakistani heritage, said he hoped all schools across Greater Manchester would sign up to the charter.
Don't post the yellow square
       
Don't post the yellow square Presented by IntelWith help from Teresa Wiltz. A message from Intel: Intel knows that talent is everywhere but opportunity is not. | Alex Wong/Getty ImagesTHE RECAST: We’re also seeing the rise of “performative allyship,” aka “If you posted a black square, then where’s your yellow square?”TRAN: Yellow square! Don’t post the yellow square! Meghan McCain: "We’ve only had one Asian American host co-host host this show.
Evanston's reparations plan is a noble start to a complicated process, experts say
       
But experts say Evanston's plan is a noble start to a complicated process. But when you’re talking about historic discrimination, housing subsidies was a significant part of that. "It will have little, if any, impact on the lives of the other approximately 12,000 Black Evanston residents," Glanton's column reads. “The city of Evanston’s remedy plan was always centered around the localized harm that Black residents in Evanston faced. That means looking at the local policies, laws, practices that were anti-Black and discriminatory and how they impacted the Black residents there.
Kenosha police: 55 more charged for violence during protests
       
The Detroit NewsKenosha, Wis. – Fifty-five people are facing charges related to violent demonstrations in Kenosha, Wisconsin, following the police shooting of Jacob Blake last summer, police said Friday. Kenosha Officer Rusten Sheskey shot Blake seven times in August during a domestic dispute, leaving him paralyzed. Sheskey has not been charged, but Blake filed a civil lawsuit this week accusing him of using excessive force. The violent protests in Kenosha lasted for several nights. Miskinis said 49 adults and six minors are facing charges including arson, burglary, possession of a firearm or ammunition by a convicted felon, criminal damage and disorderly conduct.
Racist Brothers Facing Capitol Riot Terrorism Charges Shot Paint Balls At BLM Protesters Last Summer
       
Brothers Matthew and Jonathanpeter (really!) Matthew Klein, 24, was arrested in Sherwood, and Jonathanpeter Klein, 21, was arrested near Heppner on Tuesday without incident, the FBI said. They said video shows Matthew Klein helping others climb a police barricade to ascend the wall. The Seattle TimesMatthew Klein, 24, was arrested Tuesday in Sherwood and his brother, 21-year-old Jonathanpeter Klein, was arrested the same day near Heppner, the agency said. [link]Footage of Proud Boys violence taken 9/7/20 in Salem, Oregon via the FBI link above...x Proud boy chases down another BLM supporter, beats them down.
Black Lives Matter activist accused of smearing feces on Abraham Lincoln statue
       
A Black Lives Matter activist in Idaho has reportedly been arrested for allegedly smearing feces and throwing paint on an Abraham Lincoln statue. Wilson has been identified in local reports as the Boise Black Lives Matter chapter spokesman. InstagramHe faces several misdemeanor counts, including injuring monuments, ornaments and public improvements, resisting and obstructing officers, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. The suspect has identified himself online as an associate professor at Boise State University and has been described in local reports as the Boise Black Lives Matter chapter spokesman, according to the Daily Wire. In an update, the news outlet reported that Boise State said Wilson is “not a current student nor employee of the university.”
Kenosha police: 55 more charged for violence during protests
       
FILE - In this Aug. 24, 2020, file photo, protesters walk past police with their arms up, in Kenosha, Wis., as a building burns in the background. Kenosha police say 55 people are facing charges related to violent demonstrations after the police shooting of Jacob Blake last summer. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)FILE - In this Aug. 24, 2020, file photo, protesters walk past police with their arms up, in Kenosha, Wis., as a building burns in the background. Kenosha police say 55 people are facing charges related to violent demonstrations after the police shooting of Jacob Blake last summer. The violent protests in Kenosha lasted for several nights.
Trump falsely claims Jan. 6 rioters were ‘hugging and kissing’ police
       
“Look, they went in — they shouldn’t have done it — some of them went in, and they’re hugging and kissing the police and the guards, you know? Many officers suffered concussions and other bodily injuries from being beaten with flagpoles, sprayed with bear spray, punched, dragged and trampled. More than 300 people have been charged since the attack that resulted in five deaths and 130 police assaults. Trump is not the only Republican to downplay the severity of the Jan. 6 attack. Without bipartisan support, Democratic committee chairs announced Thursday night that the House will be pushing ahead with its own investigation spanning multiple committees.
China defends itself on human rights by pointing to history of slavery in US
       
In the wake of international backlash for reported human rights abuses in the Xinjiang province, Chinese officials are attempting to reverse the blame by shining a light on slavery. “Here is another picture of cotton fields in China’s Xinjiang where more than 70 percent of the cotton is picked with machines. There is never ‘forced labor’ in picking cotton in Xinjiang.”“Some are bent on linking [job opportunity] with forced labor and oppression because they have been doing this themselves for hundreds of years in history,” she continued. A top Chinese diplomat criticized the US during a contentious US-China summit in Alaska, saying “there are many problems within the United States regarding human rights,” and called Black Lives Matter a “deep-seated” issue. The highlighting of slavery in the US pass comes after the US, along with other western countries, imposed fresh sanctions on the People’s Republic of China (PRC) over-reported human rights violations committed against the Uighurs.
With drivers confused, Atlantic City to redo BLM road paint
       
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Atlantic City says it will redo a Black Lives Matter tribute on a street because the original painting of those words across the entire road confused motorists who didn’t know where to drive on it. Instead, the words “Black Lives Matter” will be painted onto the repaved road in a manner that does not obscure lane divider markings, Mayor Marty Small said Thursday. “The words 'Black Lives Matter' will still be on the street.”The road needs to be repaved because the type of paint used in the display cannot be painted over, officials said. The road painting was a compromise that averted a potential confrontation between activists who wanted to paint the words “Black Lives Matter” on the famous Boardwalk, and city officials who would not allow it. City Council member LaToya Dunston accused the city of wasting taxpayer dollars by painting the road without knowing the rules governing it.
Students’ mural in Humboldt Park spotlights what’s important to its creators
       
Share All sharing options for: Students’ mural in Humboldt Park spotlights what’s important to its creatorsThe mural painted on a wall outside apartments near Division Street and Springfield Avenue in Humboldt Park is different from most murals around Chicago in that it was designed and painted mostly by middle school students. Chicago’s murals & mosaics This is part of an ongoing series of stories on public art in the city and suburbs. The students did the mural through R City Print Shop, an organization that helps kids create art and learn entrepreneurial skills by silk-screening shirts and masks to sell. Seven students met twice a week for about two months, completing the mural in November. Part of the mural features the names of Bryant, hip hop icons Juice WRLD and XXXTentacion and actor Cameron Boyce.
They met in the DMs. Now they’ve sparked a movement to end racism in L.A. surf culture
       
Ask a local surfer in Manhattan Beach about “the incident” on Presidents Day, and people will know exactly what you’re talking about. Collisions and aggression are typical in surf culture, along with vague codes of conduct that vary from beach to beach. Dan Cobley, 42, who has been surfing in Manhattan Beach for 30 years, says localism reigns because of the quality of the waves. He wasn’t used to seeing Black surfers in the water and, upon hearing the N-word, knew he had to document it. “When they come into Manhattan Beach, there’s this air of, like, they just don’t belong or they’re not wanted.
Miko Marks is blazing trail again as Black women find place in country music
       
Nashville can be a lonely place for a Black woman breaking into the country music scene. Music City may not have been ready for Marks, but she helped clear a country music trail for other Black women, and now she’s getting back on the horse with her first new album in 14 years. It wasn’t until I was older that there was this line clearly drawn, but country music has its roots in Black music. But it’s only in recent months that her role as a country music pioneer has gained considerable attention. She’s quick to credit the Black women who preceded her to Music City, like Linda Martell, Jo Anna Neel, Ruby Falls and Rissi Palmer.
The MAGA "Hunger Games": Republican candidates go far right to compete for Trump's endorsement
       
To that end, he is putting together a big dark money machine, which will likely be used to fund his own activities, and is vetting candidates for endorsement. So far, it is quite a rogue's gallery, which reportedly has some GOP players very nervous — and for good reason. Alex Isenstadt of Politico reported this week that Trump called four potential Ohio Senate candidates vying to replace the retiring Rob Portman down to Mar-a-lago for what one person familiar with the event called a "Hunger Games" showdown. But with McConnell on Trump's enemies list, it's unlikely that he'll be able to talk Trump out of backing them as he has in the past. If the voters like Congressional Representatives like Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga, or Madison Cawthorne, R-NC, they'll love Trump's Hunger Games MAGA candidates of 2022.
Trump is still defending Capitol rioters: 'They’re hugging and kissing the police'
       
By the early aughts, the SPLC reports, the most virulently racist SCV members seized leadership and began a series of purges of more “moderate” members. “Silent Sam” would be given to the NC SCV and, far more controversially, the school would set up a $2.5 million trust for the neo-Confederate group to care for the statue. )In declining to comment for this article, Stone referred me to the press office of the North Carolina Department of Public Safety. It’s historically revisionist nonsense, an argument countered by the many racist and slavery apologists who rally around Confederate iconography. In his role as a parole officer, Stone oversees the freedom of those whose cases he’s given.
Reparations for Bias, Slavery Gains Momentum
       
Reparations – financial amends for discrimination and slavery – is among the most controversial of social programs sought by progressives. Providence, R.I.Asheville, N.C.Iowa City, IowaGeorgetown and Brown universitiesthe Episcopal Churchthe Jesuit orderCongress is once again debating a federal reparations study, an idea stagnant for decades. Practical discussion of reparation programs started taking off after last summer’s Black Lives Matter protests following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Debates range from how much the history of slavery is worth to whether reparations are paid to individuals or communities to is there such a thing as payments for historical ill-worth. Opponents have included Rep. Burgess Owens (R-Utah) and former football star Herschel Walker, a Donald Trump supporter, who argued that reparations are divisive.
Dominion Voting sues Fox for $1.6B over 2020 election claims
       
By the early aughts, the SPLC reports, the most virulently racist SCV members seized leadership and began a series of purges of more “moderate” members. “Silent Sam” would be given to the NC SCV and, far more controversially, the school would set up a $2.5 million trust for the neo-Confederate group to care for the statue. )In declining to comment for this article, Stone referred me to the press office of the North Carolina Department of Public Safety. It’s historically revisionist nonsense, an argument countered by the many racist and slavery apologists who rally around Confederate iconography. In his role as a parole officer, Stone oversees the freedom of those whose cases he’s given.
Bias against darker skin: Colorism gnaws in Britain’s minority communities
       
That sort of societal pressure is colorism, a form of discrimination distinct from racism and specifically focused against darker skin tones. While some in Britain’s Afro-Caribbean and South Asian descent communities are wrestling with how to address colorism, the efforts are relatively new, and lag behind places like the United States, they say. Sunita Thind, a British Punjabi author of published poetry exploring British Indian identity, found having darker skin limited her opportunities from a young age. “I don’t think I knew the term colorism until only a few years ago,” says Ms. Mohanan of Dark Hues. Ms. Symonds also believes that, while colorism is “awful,” “we shouldn’t overly demonize people” without understanding the context of comments about skin color.
Recordings, Transcripts Show Police, Prosecutors Lied To A Grand Jury To Bring Gang Charges Against BLM Protesters
       
Recordings, Transcripts Show Police, Prosecutors Lied To A Grand Jury To Bring Gang Charges Against BLM Protestersfrom the ends-aren't-even-justifiable,-never-mind-the-means deptMore information has come out about the disastrous attempt by Arizona prosecutors to turn anti-police-violence protesters into a street gang. Gang charges are automatic felonies with hefty sentence enhancements. According to grand jury transcripts obtained by ABC15, a county prosecutor and Phoenix police Sgt. Here's the prosecutor questioning McBride during a grand jury presentation:Q: And are you finding that ACAB is following the exact same type of philosophy of let’s say the Bloods and the Crips? And now one of the prosecutors, April Sponsel (who is married to a state trooper), is being investigated for assertions she made during grand jury hearings.
The Trailer: Election conspiracy theories are here to stay. Is the filibuster?
       
Democrats increasingly worry that they will not win power again if Republican state legislatures keep restricting ballot access and drawing friendly electoral maps. Much of it, like the Heritage Action ads, presents election integrity as a problem that grew organically out of the 2020 election. But there’s been less interest in these sorts of books since the 2020 election. No book about Trump has made the extended list, covering both print and e-books, since mid-November, when Woodward’s second Trump book “Rage” ended its time on the charts after seven weeks. More books are coming, about Trump and about the 2020 election.
Hartford police memo complains of risky work for ‘no reward,’ as city loses officers to higher-paying suburbs
       
A focus group of Hartford patrol officers reported concerns about the encroachment of politics on policing, and uncertainty about how police accountability reforms will impact their jobs. These issues came to a head in December when one detective shared a message with others proposing a "deadpool" wager on the location of the first homicide of 2021. In this Dec. 12 photo, Black Lives Matter protesters get situated to stand in front of a "Back the Blue" protester out front of Hartford City Hall. (Kassi Jackson/Kassi Jackson)
Georgia Lawmaker Charged With Felony For Knocking On Gov. Brian Kemp’s Office Door
       
By the early aughts, the SPLC reports, the most virulently racist SCV members seized leadership and began a series of purges of more “moderate” members. “Silent Sam” would be given to the NC SCV and, far more controversially, the school would set up a $2.5 million trust for the neo-Confederate group to care for the statue. )In declining to comment for this article, Stone referred me to the press office of the North Carolina Department of Public Safety. It’s historically revisionist nonsense, an argument countered by the many racist and slavery apologists who rally around Confederate iconography. In his role as a parole officer, Stone oversees the freedom of those whose cases he’s given.
Drive To Survive has become the human face of Formula 1
       
Drive to Survive season three finds itself in pole position on Netflix, the most popular show in the UK right now. The storytelling, intrigue and relationships make it worth a watch even if you don’t know your Alfa Romeo from your AlphaTauri. But, as with so much over the past year, it’s the absence and the losses caused by Coronavirus that really hangs over matters. Hamilton really takes centre stage at the press conference ahead of the GP, saying that he thinks they should not be there. And the emerging powerplayer Lawrence Stroll, and his driver son Lance Stroll, provide some intriguing relationship dynamics material.
Naomi Osaka Says Boyfriend Cordae 'Stopped Everything' to Quarantine for Her U.S. Open Finals Win
       
"I FaceTimed him a couple days earlier and said I was feeling sad and lonely in the bubble," the tennis player wrote on InstagramNaomi Osaka Says Boyfriend Cordae 'Stopped Everything' to Quarantine for Her U.S. Open Finals WinNaomi Osaka is showing appreciation for her boyfriend, rapper Cordae. "I later found out that he hopped on a plane shortly after that call and then quarantined himself for a couple days in a hotel to see me and support." Cordae also added to the magazine that cheering Osaka on at the 2019 U.S. Open was his "first tennis match ever." On Thursday, Osaka included a video of Cordae sitting in the stands and proudly cheering her on during the 2020 U.S. Open finals match, where she defeated Victoria Azarenka. Continued Osaka: "That was a big motivator for me, and I think it helped me win the tournament."
WHL Seattle Boots Players for Racist Bullying
       
Both Seattle and the WHL have zero-tolerance policies on racism and other forms of abuse and clearly the Thunderbirds organization is taking the matter seriously. And while eagle-eyed Seattle fans could probably parse which two players are missing from the team's current roster, the Thunderbirds did not reveal the names of the offenders or the player who was targeted. While the news of racist bullying is indeed troubling, there is some solace to be taken in the quickness of Seattle's actions. The team did a thorough investigation and took swift action once Thunderbirds officials were satisfied that they had the whole story. The Thunderbirds claimed zero tolerance and they acted accordingly, which is a positive within an obviously negative situation.
New Exhibit Takes Aim at Gun Culture and Its Pathologies
       
As mass shootings become “normal” again from Atlanta to Boulder, Karen M. Gutfreund invites to explore the toxic culture that feeds our gun obsession. This time, her focus has narrowed and the art—created by 36 self-identified female artists—zooms in on gun violence and its aftermath. In an artist statement, Cliff calls gun violence “an infectious American condition” and says that “Untitled” is meant to reflect her “helplessness and feeling of unease” over the spate of mass killings in communities throughout the country. “They speak in unison to voice opposition to the racism and sexism issues which are exacerbated by the prevalence of gun violence,” her statement explains. And while children are certainly not the only victims of gun violence, Ann J. Lewis’ “This is Who We Are [#2]” depicts the senselessness of cutting lives short.
Tinder data shows how pandemic dating was even weirder than regular dating
       
A new report from Tinder shows just how reliant people have become on online dating since the start of the pandemic — and how different it was from dating outside a global health crisis. The report used data from Tinder profiles and aggregated app activity between January 2020 and February 2021, as well as surveys of about 5,000 Tinder users. The biggest takeaway was that all the activities related to online dating ratcheted up during the pandemic. Bio mentions of BLM grew more than 5,000 percent last year, surpassing the perennially popular term “hook-up” by the end of the year. Already in October, the share of Tinder users under 30 who hadn’t met a match in person had declined to 41 percent, down from 67 percent in May.
Clashes at protests by Blue Lives Matter and Black Lives Matter
       
Black Lives Matter and Blue Lives Matter demonstrators faced off in front of the Smithtown Fire Department Saturday. Newsday's Steve Langford reports. Credit: James Carbone; Kendall Rodriguez
Delusional Trump Makes Bizarre 'Hugging And Kissing' Claim About Capitol Riot
       
The Capitol was overrun with a mob attempting to stop the certification of Democrat Joe Biden’s Electoral College win. The former president also claimed his arrested supporters were being “persecuted” for involvement in the violence. Instead, much of the criminal activity that took place during the unrest was more opportunistic and did not involve people affiliated with specific groups. Earlier this month, Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) sued Trump, claiming civil rights violations related the insurrection. Trump may also face criminal charges, with a top federal prosecutor involved in the case indicating that sedition could be one of them.
Tucker & Guest Suggest Right Will Go Full Fascist Because Hunter Biden
       
Fox News host Tucker Carlson put forth the bizarre argument on Thursday night that Hunter Biden is somehow to blame for imminent “actual extremism” in the country while agreeing with his guest that the obvious outcome is the right deciding to “pick a fascist” to lead in the near future. “Politico obtained the firearms transaction record and receipt for the gun,” Carlson said, adding: “And Hunter Biden was asked, as all gun buyers, are you addicted to or a user of unlawful substances. “I have said this before and I’m telling you I’m worried that I’m right. The right is going to pick a fascist within ten to 20 years!”Carlson interjected: “Right. “So well put and absolutely right,” Carlson reacted.
Will Drones Really Protect Us?
       
The next section of the briefing is about the future use of police surveillance drones, and how they could become useful in combating crime. Our local Chief Inspector finishes talking about police surveillance drones. The proliferation of weaponized drones will unleash more misery.Heroin addiction in impoverished British towns has soared in the last 10 years. The vaunted "eyes in the skies," the surveillance drones, won't help us understand these realities. The proliferation of weaponized drones will unleash more misery.
Most of Derek Chauvin’s jury looks like Derek Chauvin, not the man he's accused of murdering
       
x During the Derek Chauvin trial, the Floyd family must relive George's horrible death each day. He promised he could assess the evidence "from a viewpoint of the law," the Star Tribune reported. 27, who works in information technology, is a Black immigrant in his 30s who speaks multiple languages including French, the Star Tribune reported. He also said the Black Lives Matter movement contributed to violence following Floyd’s death, the Star Tribune reported. We expect the same for George.”View other social media postings about the Chauvin trial:x This amazing woman on tik tok has been updating everyone on the Derek Chauvin trial.
With Atlanta Shootings, It’s Impossible to Disconnect Racism From Sexism
       
Connie Wun, co-founder of AAPI Women Lead and a researcher on violence against girls of color, says it’s impossible to “disconnect race from sexism” in the Atlanta killings. “There’s a long-standing history around the hypersexualization, the ongoing sexual violence against Asian women. The attacks began around 5 p.m. Tuesday, when five people were shot at Young’s Asian Massage Parlor in a strip mall north of Atlanta. Here in the United States, in particular, we can’t disconnect race from sexism or race from — racial violence from gender violence. And what they’ve failed to acknowledge when they’ve done that is that Asian communities are also survivors of racial profiling.
“I Can’t Breathe” Is a Cry Well Known to Black Indigenous People in Australia
       
We know the “I can’t breathe” cries of George Floyd and before him Eric Garner, but how many know of 26-year-old David Dungay Jr., a Black Indigenous man in Australia who cried, while in custody, “I can’t breathe” and died while being “restrained” by police? It is cry that reflects North America’s history of violent lynching of Black bodies, social and economic racist oppression of Black bodies, and the disproportionate vulnerability experienced by Black bodies and people of color regarding the impact of COVID-19. Black bodies are globally depicted as “inferior,” “sub-persons,” as the quintessence of “criminality.” In short, Black Aboriginal people continue to find it hard to breathe within a white hegemonic settler colonial system. The requirement to be superhuman as a response to dehumanization is another unfair burden placed on Black bodies and souls. However, as a Black Indigenous woman living under white Australian systemic power, could you share how you cope?
Trump responds to Biden claim he left children 'starving' on Mexican side of border: 'Outrageous'
       
Former President Trump joined "The Ingraham Angle" in an exclusive interview Thursday night to respond to the first news conference of President Biden's term, held earlier in the day. Host Laura Ingraham played for Trump a video clip of Biden appearing to accuse Trump of leaving migrant children to "starve to death" on the Mexican side of the border. "They can't be allowed to destroy our country, and at the southern border, they are destroying our country, and gasoline prices are going up. Later in the interview, Trump ripped the Biden White House for what he called an "absolute embarrassment" in Anchorage, Alaska, last week. "I watch this gentleman on "60 minutes" the other night, it was horrible what he said," Trump said in response.
Atlantic City to redo BLM street mural after admitting it confused drivers
       
Atlantic City will reportedly redo a massive Black Lives Matter mural on a busy downtown roadway because the original one confused drivers by concealing lane divider markings. Repaving is necessary because the yellow paint used in the first tribute cannot be painted over, the report said. “It was an oversight on our part, and when we realized it, we fixed it,” Mayor Marty Small said. “The words ‘Black Lives Matter’ will still be on the street.”The first mural obscured the double yellow lines dividing the four-lane road. The broken white lines dividing same-direction lanes were also colored over.
Trump responds to Biden claim he left children 'starving' on Mexican side of border: 'Outrageous'
       
President Trump joined "The Ingraham Angle" in an exclusive interview to respond to President Biden's first press conference of his term. Host Laura Ingraham played Trump a clip of Biden appearing to accuse Trump of leaving migrant children to "starve to death" on the Mexican side of the southern border. By the time we finished what we were doing [on the border], very few people were coming up because they knew they weren't going to get through. Later in the interview, Trump ripped the Biden White House for what he called an "absolute embarrassment" in Anchorage, Alaska, last week. Nobody ever talked to my group that way, have nobody ever talked to me that way, I can tell you that."
Nevada reform bill regulates deadly force, response to protests
       
Nevada lawmakers on Thursday took aim at law enforcement policies on use of deadly force and protest response, legislation that is a major part of Democrats’ push this session on policing reforms. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @KMCannonPhotoCARSON CITY —Nevada lawmakers on Thursday took aim at law enforcement policies on use of deadly force and protest response, legislation that is a major part of Democrats’ push this session on policing reforms. Senate Bill 212, which was heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee, would require police officers to use de-escalation techniques and, if it can be done safely, identify themselves as law enforcement before resorting to deadly force. Sen. Ira Hansen, R-Sparks, questioned the credentials and expertise of Sinyangwe and the others from Campaign Zero who helped present the bill. And while law enforcement agencies testified in support, the unions for Las Vegas police officers and and supervisors were opposed to the changes.
Hate speech, censorship, Capitol riot, Section 230: Lawmakers slam Facebook, Google and Twitter, warn of regulation
       
Rep. Frank Pallone, a Democrat from New Jersey and chairman of the House, Energy and Commerce Committee, slammed the tech CEOs for dodging questions. Dorsey said he did not think tech companies should be the arbiters of truth. Zuckerberg: Facebook will honor oversight board decision on reinstating TrumpZuckerberg told lawmakers that Facebook would honor the decision by its oversight board on whether to reinstate former president Donald Trump. Tech companies began sharing workforce demographics in 2014 and Facebook, Google and Twitter also share the numbers they report to the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Tech companies deny profiting from disinformationA familiar refrain from lawmakers during the hearing is that Facebook, Google and Twitter profit from false and misleading statements, conspiracy theories and hoaxes.
Maggie O'Farrell's Shakespeare-inspired 'Hamnet' wins book critics award for fiction
       
Hillel ItalieAssociated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Maggie O'Farrell's "Hamnet," an imagined take on the death of William Shakespeare's son from the bubonic plague, has won the National Book Critics Circle prize for fiction. "Hamnet," an unfortunately well-timed story for the current pandemic, explores the impact of the boy's illness and death on his family. Raven Leilani received the John Leonard Prize for best first book for her novel "Luster." The book critics circle was founded in 1974 and has hundreds of members around the country. The leadership brought in several new members and convinced some who had resigned to stay on, resulting, according to the critics circle, in "the most diverse board in NBCC history and one of the most experienced."
O'Farrell's 'Hamnet' wins book critics award for fiction
       
The book critics circle was founded in 1974 and has hundreds of members around the country. This year's awards are the first since the departure of numerous NBCC board members last summer in the wake of a dispute over the organization's response to the killing of George Floyd and the Black Lives Matters protests. The leadership brought in several new members and convinced some who had resigned to stay on, resulting, according to the critics circle, in “the most diverse board in NBCC history and one of the most experienced.”
Georgia Gov. Kemp Signs GOP Election Bill Amid an Outcry
       
Democrats and voting rights groups say the law will disproportionately disenfranchise voters of color. Just outside Kemp's office were about 10 protestors, including Democratic state Reps. Park Cannon and Erica Thomas, both African Americans. Kemp signed the bill less than two hours after it received final passage in the Georgia General Assembly. The bill passed the state House 100-75 earlier Thursday, before the state Senate quickly agreed to House changes 34-20. But those changes haven't tempered opposition from Democrats or voting rights groups.
China defends itself on human rights by pointing to US history on slavery
       
In the wake of international backlash for reported human rights abuses in the Xinjiang province, Chinese officials are attempting to reverse the blame by shining a light on slavery. There is never ‘forced labor’ in picking cotton in Xinjiang." "Some are bent on linking [job opportunity] with forced labor and oppression because they have been doing this themselves for hundreds of years in history," she continued. A top Chinese diplomat criticized the U.S. during a contentious U.S.-China summit in Alaska, saying "there are many problems within the United States regarding human rights," and called Black Lives Matter a "deep-seated" issue. The highlighting of slavery in the U.S. pass comes after the U.S., along with other western countries, imposed fresh sanctions on the People’s Republic of China (PRC) over reported human rights violations committed against the Uighurs.
O’Farrell’s ‘Hamnet’ wins book critics award for fiction
       
FILE - Author Maggie O'Farrell poses for the media at the Costa book awards in London on Jan. 25, 2011. O'Farrell's "Hamnet," an imagined take on the death of Shakespeare's son from the bubonic plague, has won the National Book Critics Circle prize for fiction. O'Farrell's "Hamnet," an imagined take on the death of Shakespeare's son from the bubonic plague, has won the National Book Critics Circle prize for fiction. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Maggie O’Farrell’s “Hamnet,” an imagined take on the death of Shakespeare’s son from the bubonic plague, has won the National Book Critics Circle prize for fiction. The book critics circle was founded in 1974 and has hundreds of members around the country.
19 culture picks: ‘Play’ with Keanu Reeves, ‘Afrofuturism’ with Sterling K. Brown
       
7 p.m. Friday; available on demand afterward. 5:30 p.m. Friday; available on demand afterward. 7 p.m. Friday; on demand afterward. Pre-concert talk, 5:30 p.m. Friday; performance, 6:30 p.m.; on demand afterward. youtube.com“HERstory”L.A.-based Towne Street Theatre marks Women’s History Month with a live Zoom reading of new short plays and monologues.
Three Dallas campuses to lose their Confederate namesakes
       
Three Dallas campuses will exchange their Confederate namesakes next fall for new names honoring a civil rights activist, a Texas-born sculptor and the Bishop Arts neighborhood. Trustees voted unanimously Thursday night to rename John Ireland Elementary, Sidney Lanier Expressive Arts Vanguard and John H. Reagan Elementary. In 2018, Dallas ISD removed the names of several high-profile Confederate leaders from its campuses. Following a summer of Black Lives Matter protests, Garland trustees voted to replace South Garland High School’s colonel mascot. Dallas trustees also voted Thursday night to allow non-citizens to serve on district advisory committees.
Georgia governor signs sweeping GOP election reform bill with mail voting restrictions
       
Brian Kemp on Thursday signed into law a sweeping Republican-sponsored overhaul of state elections that includes new restrictions on voting by mail and gives the legislature greater control over how elections are run. Democrats and voting rights groups said the bill would disproportionately disenfranchise voters of color. Kemp signed the bill less than two hours after it received final passage in the Georgia General Assembly. The bill passed the state House 100-75 earlier Thursday, before the state Senate quickly agreed to House changes 34-20. Opponents rally against billBut such changes haven't tempered opposition from Democrats or voting rights groups.
Georgia lawmakers pass GOP election overhaul bill amid outcry
       
Democrats and voting rights groups said the bill would disproportionately disenfranchise voters of color. AdvertisementDemocratic Rep. Rhonda Burnough said the bill was based on lies told by Republicans after November’s election. But such changes haven’t tempered opposition from Democrats or voting rights groups. About 50 protesters including representatives from the NAACP gathered across from the Capitol building Thursday in opposition to the bill. AdvertisementThe Georgia Chamber of Commerce and the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce pushed against some proposals Republicans later dropped, including eliminating no-excuse absentee voting.
Georgia Gov. Kemp signs GOP election bill amid outcry
       
Democrats and voting rights groups say the law will disproportionately disenfranchise voters of color. Kemp signed the bill less than two hours after it received final passage in the Georgia General Assembly. The bill passed the state House 100-75 earlier Thursday, before the state Senate quickly agreed to House changes 34-20. Democratic Rep. Rhonda Burnough said the bill was based on lies told by Republicans after last November’s election. But those changes haven’t tempered opposition from Democrats or voting rights groups.
Georgia Gov. Kemp signs GOP election bill amid an outcry
       
Democrats and voting rights groups say the law will disproportionately disenfranchise voters of color. Just outside Kemp’s office were about 10 protestors, including Democratic state Reps. Park Cannon and Erica Thomas, both African Americans. Kemp signed the bill less than two hours after it received final passage in the Georgia General Assembly. The bill passed the state House 100-75 earlier Thursday, before the state Senate quickly agreed to House changes 34-20. But those changes haven’t tempered opposition from Democrats or voting rights groups.
Advocates, faith leaders rally to support bill bringing pandemic relief to excluded immigrant workers
       
At the rally, immigrant advocates and faith leaders called on state lawmakers to create a fund for workers excluded from federal and state pandemic relief because they are in the country illegally. Advocates for the fund have cheered the legislative proposals, but contend it would cover only the federal unemployment benefits workers would have received. They say $3.5 billion is actually needed to cover all federal and state unemployment benefits. The advocates Thursday delivered a letter, signed by 114 Long Island faith leaders, calling on state officials to create the fund. Glenn Cantave with Black Lives Matter of Greater New York has been on a hunger strike for seven days in solidarity with excluded workers.
Acting D.C. police chief tells lawmakers at confirmation hearing he wants focused arrests to combat violent crime
       
I think that’s where the community wants us to focus.”ADADContee said: “We’re not saying we’re not going to get illegal guns off the street. We’re not going to say we’re not going to police communities where there is violent crime. The five-member Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety will schedule a vote on Contee’s appointment at a later date, and if a majority approves, the full council will hold a final vote. He also faces new threats of domestic terrorism following the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol. “We have had Black police chiefs and commissioners for years in cities all over the nation, and nothing has changed,” she said.
How fear and shootings drive business for the gun industry
       
But everything changed for Ruger — and the U.S. firearms industry — in 2020. U.S. gun sales surged an estimated 60 percent last year to an all-time high. The following year, 2020, was different for the gun industry. In a year of record gun sales, gun violence killed nearly 20,000 Americans in 2020, and another 24,000 people died by suicide with a gun, according to data from the Gun Violence Archive, more than any other year in at least two decades. Now, after two high-profile mass shootings and facing a pandemic overhang, worries about what is going to happen next could drive additional gun sales.
New wave of ‘hacktivism’ adds twist to cybersecurity woes
       
And the U.S. government’s response shows that officials regard the return of hacktivism with alarm. An indictment last week accused 21-year-old Tillie Hottmann, a Swiss hacker who took credit for the Verkada breach, of a broad conspiracy. Best’s two-year-old site coordinating access by researchers and media to a hoard of posts taken from Gab by unidentified hackers. The core allegation is that the Lucerne software developer and associates broke into a number of companies, removed computer code and published it. A European friend of Hottmann’s known as “donk_enby,” a reference to being non-binary in gender, is another major figure in the hacktivism revival.
Georgia lawmakers pass bill restricting voting amid outcry
       
Democrats and voting rights groups complained the bill, which now heads to Republican Gov. Kemp has endorsed one prominent piece of the bill requiring a photo ID for absentee voting, but has otherwise refrained from publicly stating whether he would give it his signature. The bill passed the state House 100-75, with Republicans in support and Democrats opposed. Democratic Rep. Rhonda Burnough said the bill was based on lies told by Republicans after last November’s election. The Georgia Chamber of Commerce and the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce pushed against some proposals Republicans later dropped, including eliminating no-excuse absentee voting.
FOCUS-New wave of ‘hacktivism’ adds twist to cybersecurity woes
       
And the U.S. government’s response shows that officials regard the return of hacktivism with alarm. An indictment last week accused 21-year-old Tillie Hottmann, a Swiss hacker who took credit for the Verkada breach, of a broad conspiracy. Earlier waves of hacktivism, notably by the amorphous collective known as Anonymous in the early 2010s, largely faded away under law enforcement pressure. The core allegation is that the Lucerne software developer and associates broke into a number of companies, removed computer code and published it. A European friend of Hottmann’s known as "donk_enby," a reference to being non-binary in gender, is another major figure in the hacktivism revival.
New wave of ‘hacktivism’ adds twist to cybersecurity woes
       
And the U.S. government’s response shows that officials regard the return of hacktivism with alarm. An indictment last week accused 21-year-old Tillie Hottmann, a Swiss hacker who took credit for the Verkada breach, of a broad conspiracy. Earlier waves of hacktivism, notably by the amorphous collective known as Anonymous in the early 2010s, largely faded away under law enforcement pressure. The core allegation is that the Lucerne software developer and associates broke into a number of companies, removed computer code and published it. A European friend of Hottmann’s known as "donk_enby," a reference to being non-binary in gender, is another major figure in the hacktivism revival.
Georgia lawmakers pass election reform bill despite outcry
       
Democrats and voting rights groups complained the bill would disproportionately disenfranchise voters of color. Democratic Rep. Rhonda Burnough said the bill was based on lies told by Republicans after last November’s election. The bill would replace the elected secretary of state as the chair of the state election board with a new appointee of the legislature after Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger rebuffed Trump’s attempts to overturn Georgia’s election results. But that change has not tempered opposition from Democrats or voting rights groups. The Georgia Chamber of Commerce and the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce pushed against some proposals Republicans later dropped, including eliminating no-excuse absentee voting.
Will Dallas ISD be a national ‘game-changer’ by banning school suspensions?
       
Dallas ISD must stop using school suspensions as the district works to redress racial disparities, a group of local and statewide education advocates demanded Tuesday. National and local data repeatedly show that exclusionary practices — such as suspensions — continue to be used disproportionately against Black children. Education Will Dallas ban out-of-school suspensions for students? Dallas ISD continues to suspend students during the pandemic -- albeit only in a few cases -- with racial disparities persisting, according to data presented during Thursday’s board briefing. But in the 2019-20 school year, Black students in Dallas ISD were still overrepresented in discipline.
Georgia lawmakers pass GOP election reform bill amid outcry
       
Democrats and voting rights groups said the bill would disproportionately disenfranchise voters of color. Democratic Rep. Rhonda Burnough said the bill was based on lies told by Republicans after last November’s election. But such changes haven’t tempered opposition from Democrats or voting rights groups. About 50 protesters including representatives from the NAACP gathered across from the Capitol building Thursday in opposition to the bill. The Georgia Chamber of Commerce and the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce pushed against some proposals Republicans later dropped, including eliminating no-excuse absentee voting.
Lewis Hamilton puts F1 on notice over human rights before Bahrain GP
       
Lewis Hamilton has stated his belief that Formula One can no longer ignore human rights issues in the countries it visits, putting the sport’s chief executive, Stefano Domenicali, in an awkward position after he rejected calls to launch an independent inquiry into alleged human rights abuses associated with the Bahrain Grand Prix. The F1 world champion was speaking before the season-opening race in Bahrain and was unequivocal in a stance he first displayed last year. “Coming here all these years I was not aware of all of the details of the human rights issues. I have spent time speaking to legal human rights experts, to human rights organisations like Amnesty,” the 36-year-old said. “F1 should urgently review their position.”On Thursday the Bahraini government issued a statement responding to the call for an inquiry by insisting it had put in place “internationally recognised human rights safeguards”.
Georgia lawmakers pass GOP election reform bill amid outcry
       
With Republicans in favor and Democrats opposed, the bill passed the state House 100-75. Democratic Rep. Rhonda Burnough said the bill was based on lies told by Republicans after last November’s election. ADVERTISEMENTThe bill would replace the elected secretary of state as the chair of the state election board with a new appointee of the legislature after Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger rebuffed Trump’s attempts to overturn Georgia’s election results. About 50 protesters including representatives from the NAACP gathered across from the Capitol building Thursday in opposition to the bill. The Georgia Chamber of Commerce and the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce pushed against some proposals Republicans later dropped, including eliminating no-excuse absentee voting.
Loyola’s Williamson bridges past, present in ’63 team film
       
The Loyola Chicago senior guard has found his voice. Creadon and his wife, Christine O’Malley, are from Chicago and had a “natural attraction” to do a story about the 1963 team. Creadon and O’Malley set out to produce a more traditional, historical account of what the 1963 team endured. “We were told that the 1963 team changed the game forever,” Williamson says near the end. “The Zoom call, they were shocked at what we went through despite all these years,” said Jerry Harkness, a consensus All-American on the 1963 team.
Georgia House passes GOP elections bill despite criticism it would disenfranchise people of color
       
A House-Senate conference committee could be needed for the two chambers tp hash out their differences before voting on a compromise bill. Republican Governor Brian Kemp has endorsed a prominent piece of the bill to require a photo ID for absentee voting but has otherwise refrained from publicly weighing in. It would also cut the time period people have to request an absentee ballot and limit where ballot drop boxes can be placed and when they can be accessed. The bill would replace the elected secretary of state as the chair of the state election board with a new legislative appointee. The Georgia Chamber of Commerce and the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce pushed against some proposals Republicans later dropped, including eliminating no-excuse absentee voting.
Italy: Teen in hijab aims to be ‘Afro-influencer’ on TikTok
       
Aida Diouf Mbengue, 19, was recording a TikTok video to share with her 330,000 followers. Influencer Aida Diouf Mbengue records a video for her TikTok account to share with her 330,000 followers in an empty Vittorio Emanuele II gallery shopping arcade in downtown Milan, Italy, Tuesday, March 16, 2021. But she says she started receiving racist messages once she started posting videos of herself in a hijab. Mbengue started making content for TikTok, a video-sharing social networking platform, on a whim in 2019 with a simple video. Influencer Aida Diouf Mbengue holds up her phone as she stands in an empty square in front of the Duomo gothic cathedral in Milan, Italy, Tuesday, March 16, 2021.
The officer who helped catch serial killer John Wayne Gacy says the police need to be held accountable in cases like George Floyd's death
       
John Wayne Gacy during his arrest on December 22, 1978. Bettman/Contributor via Getty ImagesRetired investigator Mike Albrecht told Insider that police need to be held more accountable. Albrecht is a veteran of the Des Plaines police department, where he helped arrest John Wayne Gacy. You're going to have some that aren't so good, just average, and then you're going to have some that are not good at all." "John Wayne Gacy: The Devil in Disguise" premieres March 25 on NBC's Peacock streaming service.
Bravo’s Andy Cohen on which ‘Housewives’ should get ‘Real World'-style reunion
       
But he’s made a career out of producing reality TV — most notably, Bravo’s “Real Housewives” franchise — and has witnessed some of its most talked-about moments unfold as host of the network’s various reunion specials. It’s been 15 years since “The Real Housewives of Orange County” debuted. The original cast of “The Real Housewives of Orange County,” from left: Jeana Keough, Lauri Waring, Jo De La Rosa, Kimberly Bryant and Vicki Gunvalson. (Bravo)A question that has seemed to have taken over “Real Housewives of Atlanta” is: Who slept with the exotic dancer Bolo? It was really, really challenging.
Our new cold war with China could be a good thing
       
And this cold war may even have some positive side effects. The Cold War with the Soviet Union was expensive and dangerous. The new cold war with China doesn’t need to be as frightening. A trade war is expensive, but far less costly than a nuclear war; a cold war is dangerous, but less damaging than a hot war. If competition with China forces the United States to fund more research, rebuild its infrastructure and revitalize its economy, a little cold war could be a beautiful thing.
They all made it: four small-business owners reflect on the pandemic a year later
       
Last March, in the frantic few weeks that felt as if the world was falling apart, MarketWatch interviewed four small business owners from around the country. Earlier coverage:These small-business owners made their dreams come true — and then the coronavirus hitThese small-business owners are still making it work, coronavirus and all‘We had little glimpses of, this is what it used to be like’Hello Robin is a Seattle-based cookie chain with a cult following. After several years in business, shop owners Robin Wehl Martin and her husband, Clay Martin, were in the midst of an expansion to a second location when coronavirus struck. There will be a lot of businesses that don’t reopen or that reopen under new management.”The pandemic had a silver lining, Egan thinks. I think somewhere in the middle is the right place to be.”The pandemic brought lessons for business owners, Bell said: “Our employees really stepped up.
They all made it: four small-business owners reflect on the pandemic a year later
       
Last March, in the frantic few weeks that felt as if the world was falling apart, MarketWatch interviewed four small business owners from around the country. Earlier coverage:These small-business owners made their dreams come true — and then the coronavirus hitThese small-business owners are still making it work, coronavirus and all‘We had little glimpses of, this is what it used to be like’Hello Robin is a Seattle-based cookie chain with a cult following. After several years in business, shop owners Robin Wehl Martin and her husband, Clay Martin, were in the midst of an expansion to a second location when coronavirus struck. There will be a lot of businesses that don’t reopen or that reopen under new management.”The pandemic had a silver lining, Egan thinks. I think somewhere in the middle is the right place to be.”The pandemic brought lessons for business owners, Bell said: “Our employees really stepped up.
Utah Rep. Burgess Owens calls America a ‘dictatorship’ under President Joe Biden
       
Republican Congressman Burgess Owens said President Joe Biden’s administration is a “dictatorship” that is making decisions with impunity during a Thursday morning appearance on Fox Business Channel. I think the president and Vice President Harris should get to the border to see it for themselves. pic.twitter.com/UIYXoW5gaz — Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) March 23, 2021There is no evidence that Owens has visited the border area since he won election to Congress in November. His office has not responded to repeated questions from The Tribune about whether the congressman plans to visit the border area. However, Utah Sen. Mike Lee tweeted he is visiting the border area on Thursday along with 13 of his Republican colleagues in the Senate.
Biden DOJ nominee Vanita Gupta’s committee vote ends in tie after heated Senate meeting
       
The Senate Judiciary Committee was split evenly over President Biden's nomination of Vanita Gupta to be associate attorney general, the third-highest position in the Department of Justice. Cotton was one of many Republicans who delivered speeches illustrating why they were against Gupta's nomination. Durbin staunchly supported Gupta's nomination, blasting Republicans for opposing her – particularly on the issue of police. Following that motion, the full Senate would hold a final vote on Gupta's nomination. In contrast to Gupta's nomination, there was zero controversy over Biden's nomination of Lisa Monaco to be deputy attorney general.
Opinion: Mass shootings show what is poisoning American democracy
       
(CNN) The recent shootings in Boulder and Atlanta have put the issue of gun violence at the center of America's national discussion, and both tragedies demand greater attention be paid to how racism and gun violence, especially mass shootings, intersect. Specifically, America's legal, educational, and policy structures must untangle the relationship between gun violence, race, democracy, and public safety. At a policy level, Congress and the President should pass common-sense gun control laws, complete with stringent background checks, and an assault weapon ban that would reduce the likelihood of mass shootings and gun violence. Educationally, our public schools and institutions of higher education should be leading a national, data-driven conversation about gun violence as a national public health crisis. Perhaps what is most striking in the case of the apprehension of violent White mass shooters is that law enforcement routinely manages to arrest them unharmed.
Georgia activists call for Coca-Cola boycott over ‘deafening silence’ on voting rights
       
Bishop Reginald Thomas Jackson, the presiding prelate, said that there had been a “deafening silence” around voting rights from Coca-Cola and other companies that had put out statements last year supporting the Black Lives Matter movement. But those major companies have declined to speak out directly against the bills. Coca-Cola told the Guardian earlier this month it supported both chambers of commerce and a “balanced approach to elections”. Jackson said he plans to lead a protest at the Georgia capitol on Thursday and did not rule out calling on boycotts of the other major companies. But at the same time, we think all of these major companies have responsibilities on issues of social justice.”
Georgia activists call for Coca-Cola boycott until company condemns GOP voting restrictions
       
The GuardianPush to get major corporations to oppose significant voting restrictions Republicans in the state are on the verge of approving ‘Our position is they’ve not lived up to their own words. But those major companies have declined to speak out directly against the bills. Georgia lawmakers will probably hammer out a final version of sweeping voting changes before the legislative session ends next week. Jackson said he plans to lead a protest at the Georgia capitol on Thursday and did not rule out calling on boycotts of the other major companies. But at the same time, we think all of these major companies have responsibilities on issues of social justice.”
Celebrating Women Photographers: Gina Ferazzi
       
(Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)Officials break up a fight between the Los Angeles Kings and the Phoenix Coyotes in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Western Conference Finals at Jobing.com Arena on May 13, 2012. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)IN THE FACEIt had been years since I had photographed boxing, probably going back to my early years working in Maine. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)Elenora Benetti, 9, sings the Italian national anthem during opening ceremonies for the 2006 Winter Games in Turin, Italy. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)ITALY OLYMPICS OPENING CEREMONYI was in Turin, Italy, covering the Winter Olympics in 2006. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)Advertisement
How the 1871 massacre of 19 immigrants in L.A.’s Chinatown inspired ‘Blood on Gold Mountain’
       
Micah Huang grew up in Southern California, but the bloody massacre of 19 Chinese immigrants in Los Angeles’ Chinatown 150 years ago was largely unknown to him until 2019. A mob of hundreds then converged upon Chinatown, which was located under what today is part of Los Angeles Street in downtown Los Angeles, seeking revenge. Eventually, he settled on Yut Ho, the Chinese woman at the heart of the violence that sparked the massacre, as the protagonist for “Blood on Gold Mountain.”“I love the character of Yut Ho,” Huang says. “The historical character we mainly get through accounts in the English-language newspapers at the time, and particularly the Los Angeles Star. “And I wanted to introduce these traits in Yut Ho so that people can see, so that people can know.”In the first episode, Yut Ho is a strong young woman, newly arrived in the United States to join her brother who preceded her here.
Has a football scandal exposed endemic racism in the Czech Republic?
       
Because the game was played in Glasgow, Scottish police are currently investigating the alleged racist incident. If the outcome warrants it, we will act,” Slavia Prague said in a statement on Monday. How was the row reported in the Czech Republic? Football matches in the Czech Republic were sparsely attended when spectators were allowed to watch matches in the stadium. Does the Czech Republic have a racism problem?
With drivers confused, Atlantic City to redo BLM road paint
       
(AP Photo/Noah K. Murray, File)ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Atlantic City says it will redo a Black Lives Matter tribute on a street because the original painting of those words across the entire road confused motorists who didn’t know where to drive on it. Instead, the words “Black Lives Matter” will be painted onto the repaved road in a manner that does not obscure lane divider markings, Mayor Marty Small said Thursday. “The words ”Black Lives Matter” will still be on the street.”The road needs to be repaved because the type of paint used in the display cannot be painted over, officials said. The road painting was a compromise that averted a potential confrontation between activists who wanted to paint the words “Black Lives Matter” on the famous Boardwalk, and city officials who would not allow it. City Council member LaToya Dunston accused the city of wasting taxpayer dollars by painting the road without knowing the rules governing it.
Trump and Don Jr. Lawyer Up for Eric Swalwell’s Jan. 6 Riot Lawsuit
       
“Election integrity” is the Republican rhetorical ruse that’s supposed to barely cloak the new voter suppression campaign the GOP just dropped. It’s no secret that Republicans—who’ve spent recent years purging voter rolls, shuttering polling sites and gerrymandering around the country—don’t want Black folks voting. We know that the more intensely racist white folks are, according to multiple studies, the more likely they are to own weapons and oppose gun control. This is the party of white folks who remain so angry over millions of Black and brown votes being counted they still delusionally believe the last election was stolen. The GOP’s lies in approaching every problem with an eye toward ensuring that whiteness, particularly of the conservative stripe, reigns supreme.
Georgia activists call for Coca-Cola boycott over ‘deafening silence’ on voting rights
       
Bishop Reginald Thomas Jackson, the presiding prelate, said that there had been a “deafening silence” around voting rights from Coca-Cola and other companies that had put out statements last year supporting the Black Lives Matter movement. But those major companies have declined to speak out directly against the bills. Coca-Cola told the Guardian earlier this month it supported both chambers of commerce and a “balanced approach to elections”. Georgia lawmakers will probably hammer out a final version of sweeping voting changes before the legislative session ends next week. But at the same time, we think all of these major companies have responsibilities on issues of social justice.”
Justin Bieber Shares The Story Behind His Tattoos
       
Last Friday, Justin Bieber released his sixth album, Justice. Yet while his tattoos may act as markers of his ever-evolving career as a musician, it’s the more sentimental designs that resonate most strongly for Bieber. “The bear, which I got in New Zealand, represents rest,” Bieber tells Vogue of the tattoo which sits under his right shoulder. It was here that Termini shot the photos of the equally loved-up couple at rest, and that Bieber took the time to open up about his tattoos, a subject he rarely speaks about. “I also love the bird on my neck that I got from Dr Woo,” Bieber continues.
“I Need To Use My Voice”: 12 Young Women On The Realities Of Living With Anti-Asian Hate
       
I’m at a diverse all-girls school now, but I’m really scared that anti-Asian hate crimes will rise in the UK. “I’m so thankful to have many friends from many different backgrounds who I can speak to about anti-Asian hate. We need to call it for what it is, unlike the media who are slow to label it as racism. It sounds simple, but we need to educate people on the basic fact that racism, misogyny and the hyper-sexualisation of Asian women exist. That’s why education is so important and the change we need to be striving for: focusing on schools, teachers, parents, resources.
Susie Bubble On Fashion’s Oft-Obscured “Bamboo Ceiling”
       
A few weeks ago in Clubhouse, a group of Asian-American friends in fashion and I were trying to unpick the hidden issues of discrimination in the fashion industry. In our Clubhouse chat, former model and brand spokesperson Tao Okamoto described the feeling of being interchangeable with her other Asian peers at castings. Phillip Lim, despite his success as a designer, spoke of a “bamboo ceiling”, and being pitted against his Asian peers by largely white gatekeepers in the industry. In fashion, representation of Asian culture seems to be geared only towards the “fancy” Asians – the latter are entirely invisible. A British-born Chinese fashion stylist, who wanted to remain anonymous, told me of haunting experiences in the industry.
Justin Bieber (“iPad 7” on Zoom) Reveals the Details Behind His New Album, Justice
       
“I was in a really, really bad place maybe a year ago,” he admits. So the whole message is, like, you’ve been there for me while I’m really unstable. So that song really resonates with where I was at. A lot of people have lost jobs, lost loved ones — their whole lives have been turned around. So I hope [Justice] can provide some comfort or stability.”Justice, by Justin Bieber, is out now
The World Pays Tribute to Breonna Taylor, One Year On
       
Earlier this week, the U.S. marked the one-year anniversary of Covid-19 being declared a national emergency, a moment many Americans will remember vividly. But today, another significant anniversary also arrived—one that was barely registered in the media until long after the fact. On March 13, 2020, Breonna Taylor was fatally shot by police after they burst into her home unannounced in Louisville, Kentucky. Until justice is truly served, by continuing to say her name, we ensure Taylor lives on. For more information about donating to and petitioning on behalf of Breonna Taylor and her family, visit justiceforbreonna.org.
Marketing Manager in New York, New York
       
Marketing ManagerOVERVIEWThe Broadway Collective is seeking a highly experienced Marketing Manager to develop digital marketing strategy and support its implementation. Creating a seamless flow from lead, lead nurture to conversion. Constantly monitor and review our marketing campaigns to ensure they are effective and make adjustments as necessary. Consistently reviewing the process in which a lead goes through lead, lead nurturing, lead conversion to ensure it is clear, seamless and easy to a minimum effective dose. Enrollment:We have an easy flow from lead, lead nurture, to lead conversion that is consistently being reviewed and updated as needed.
Ivy League town weighs revamping police; critics see flaws
       
A proposal would replace the 63-officer Ithaca Police Department with a new Department of Community Solutions and Public Safety. The nationwide reexamination of policing after the killing of George Floyd has led the Ivy League town in New York to consider an ambitious and contentious plan to remake its force. A proposal would replace the 63-officer Ithaca Police Department with a new Department of Community Solutions and Public Safety. From New York City to small upstate towns, localities came up with proposals on training, recruitment and community engagement. The Ithaca city council can accept, reject or modify the recommendations when it votes on a resolution Wednesday.
The High Cost of Georgia’s Restrictive Voting Bills
       
Illustration by João FazendaEarlier this month, both of the Republican-controlled chambers of the Georgia legislature passed bills that would impede voting, particularly for African-Americans. The Senate bill would cut mobile voting facilities, end no-excuse absentee voting, and require people who are qualified to vote absentee to provide a witness’s signature on the ballot envelope. Lewis helped lead the fight for the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. That law is justly celebrated in the civil-rights center, even as its intent is being eviscerated in the capitol. Last Wednesday, Warnock delivered his first speech on the Senate floor, and tied the cause of voting rights to the fight over the filibuster.
Jamie Foxx Celebrates NAACP Image Award Win for Soul
       
On Wednesday evening, the 53-year-old actor took home an NAACP Image Award for his performance in Pixar's animated comedy-drama Soul, winning in the outstanding character voice-over performance category. The feat marks Foxx's sixth NAACP Image Award win, according to Variety. This year, the 52nd NAACP Image Awards are a week-long affair composed of five nights of virtual awards that will lead to Saturday evening's live ceremony, according to Entertainment Tonight. Soul Image zoom Pixar's Soul | Credit: Disney/PixarAfter learning about his NAACP Image Award win, Foxx shared a post on Instagram to celebrate his achievement. Sharing a photograph of a still from Soul with a notice of the award he won, Foxx called the accomplishment "Huge!!!!"
USMNT captain: Inside Leadership Council, Berhalter's rotation
       
As a result, more than two years into Berhalter’s tenure, there still is no official and permanent national team captain. On the day of the “big game,” the Leadership Council was called into action. “He spoke to the Leadership Council as a group, saying, ‘Hey guys, this is going to be our leadership group going forward. Even then, the Leadership Council would remain in place, and the armband would return to circulation afterward. “Even discussions when we’re talking about Black Lives Matter and how we’re going to work together, that was done with the Leadership Council.
Steve Case Has Bet on Rust Belt Startups for Years. In the Pandemic, More VCs Have Joined Him
       
Last year, the Indianapolis company showed its Midwestern can-do-ness in the midst of a raging pandemic by flinging out 10 startups--double the number to its credit in 2019. High Alpha did this in part by converting some challenges created by Covid-19 into businesses. "Where we start is with problems," says Kristian Andersen, a High Alpha co-founder. High Alpha orchestrated Mandolin, which runs livestream concerts and fan portals for music venues and touring bands. High Alpha Innovation, a spinoff designed to export High Alpha's magic, just signed a deal to expand to Madison.
The influencer pay gap: Why are Black women paid less for posts?
       
She would track “brand activations” (marketing speak for campaigns to raise awareness of a brand or product) and realised Black influencers were tagging posts as “#gifted”. Duah had stumbled upon an ugly truth: the racial pay gap that is dividing the influencer marketing industry. A now-deleted comment on the post, left by a Black influencer, who was part of the final campaign, said she had received just £1,000. “I’ve been on shoots where I know I’m being paid less than – sometimes half of – what a white influencer is getting,” she adds. “If it just has one type of person and no Black [or brown] content creators, why is that?” asks Betty Traore.
Abby Phillip Asks the Right Questions
       
Abby: I’m a print reporter at heart — I like doing the work. I don’t think I have a big personality. Sometimes, when people meet me, they think I’m quiet or even shy, but I’m not — I keep to myself. People know Jesse Jackson for all kinds of reasons, but people don’t really talk about his political work. Now people are looking at you to share your thoughts: What’s Abby thinking, what’s Abby going to do, what is Abby saying?
The COVID Memorial Project: Tommy Yang and Mark Gardner
       
Art: Tommy Yang and Mark GardnerA year after New York City went into lockdown, COVID-19 has claimed the lives of more than 30,000 of its residents. The tragedy’s scale has made it difficult to comprehend the private griefs so many of us have experienced: the million heartbreaks of lost friends, lost livelihoods, lost neighborhood fixtures, lost senses of belonging. Everything changed to the point where you’re like, “Have I experienced something that no one will ever experience again? Art: Tommy Yang and Mark GardnerArchitect: Tommy Yang and Mark GardnerLocation: CitywideIn the spring of 2020, Marcus Paul James, an actor in the Broadway musical Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations, was extremely busy: He was covering nine cast members’ roles, releasing new solo music, and planning his first gala for a nonprofit gospel choir. And so Gardner and his former student, Tommy Yang, came up with a design of inflatable orbs that can float individually or be combined into a colorful canopy.
How Covid Left A Generation in Limbo
       
What did I take away from it?’ ” says Andrew Garcia-Bou, 23, a recent graduate of Bates College in Maine. Part of the problem, according to Konkel, is that there simply aren’t enough jobs out there for recent graduates. As of September 2020, Indeed.com postings for banking and marketing, fields that traditionally attract recent college graduates, are down 30 and 38 percent, respectively. It’s like they don’t care.”The obstacles facing recent college graduates during the pandemic don’t just affect them in the short term. Taylor Mewhiney, 22, is a recent college graduate and a volunteer for a suicide-prevention hotline.
Starved of recreation? Try SoCal’s newest set of trails: Ventura’s nature reserve
       
“Everybody was so starved for outdoor recreation we found the preserve to be instantly popular and very appreciated,” he said. “Before Harmon Canyon opened, Ventura people had to drive 30 to 45 miles to Ojai or the Santa Monica Mountains to get this kind of experience.”AdvertisementA shade-covered bench under an oak tree at Harmon Canyon Preserve in Ventura. The Goldenberg Overlook at the top of Long Canyon Road in the Harmon Canyon Preserve features panoramic coastal and mountain views. Trails are numbered at Ventura’s Harmon Canyon Preserve; this marks the start of the preserve’s 107 trail. AdvertisementIf you goHarmon Canyon Preserve, 7511 Foothill Road, Ventura; venturalandtrust.org/harmoncanyon.
The Passover call for hope: We can gather the pieces and repair our broken nation
       
This year the fragments were brought back together by a process called kintsugi, "mending broken pottery." A man risked his life to find and hide these shattered pieces until it was safe to turn the shards into a new purpose. Ahead of Passover:These Louisvillians explain why they converted to Judaism later in lifeWe are a country broken, with a question that haunts us: How do we repair our lives and our nation? What we hope will return will be the kindness and compassion this nation was founded on. That we can gather up the broken pieces of our society to create – "kintsugi" – a beautiful shard box we fill with tolerance, compassion and respect for all people and beliefs.
First Aid Kit review, Who by Fire: A live covers album Leonard Cohen would have loved
       
But fans of both Cohen and First Aid Kit will be delighted that Who by Fire is one that has been preserved. We’re going to be voices now, disembodied voices in the blue sky, pleasant harmonies in the cavities of your distress. On “Everybody Knows” – the anti-exploitation hymn which Cohen wrote imagining himself as a Humphrey Bogart-esque cynic – they really sing into words Cohen only intoned. Independent Culture Newsletter The best in film, music TV & radio straight to your inbox every week Please enter your email address Please enter a valid email address Please enter a valid email address SIGN UP Thanks for signing up to the Independent Culture newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice Independent Culture Newsletter The best in film, music TV & radio straight to your inbox every week Thanks for signing up to the Independent Culture newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent.
Lee High teacher reassigned to paid, non-teaching post amid controversy over BLM flag, her organization says
       
Students at the school told News4Jax they had planned to stage a “peaceful assembly” Wednesday morning in response to a school administrator’s removal of a the flag. A Lee High School senior said the school’s staff prevented the demonstration from happening. In response to Lee High School admin ordering a teacher to take down their BLM flag, students are creating their own “replacements” and hanging them around campus. This screenshot shows a Nov. 7, 2020 Facebook post by Amy Donofrio, a teacher at Robert E. Lee High School. The screenshot was taken from a Feb. 12, 2021 Instagram post from Lee High School senior class president Deyona Burton as she walks along side principal Timothy Feagins.
Half Of The Jury In The Chauvin Trial Is Non-White. That's Only Part Of The Story.
       
Half Of The Jury In The Chauvin Trial Is Non-White. The jury's racial makeup will assuage some of the concerns that activists and others had expressed as jury selection got underway two weeks ago. That did not seem to be the case during jury selection for the Chauvin trial. "We've seen that in this country, Black jurors are struck at a higher rate than other jurors. She said his fate was a reminder that the jury selection process should be reformed to ensure more African Americans have a fair shot to serve on juries.
Commentary: Why MLB should consider moving the 2021 All-Star game from Atlanta
       
That remains a vital issue today, and Major League Baseball ought to take a bold position in support of Robinson’s vision. If Georgia persists in pursuing laws that will make it harder to vote, and disproportionately so in Black communities, MLB should move the 2021 All-Star game out of Atlanta. “Many of these bills are reactionary to a three-month disinformation campaign,” said Bill Raffensperger, the Georgia secretary of state. AdvertisementBud Selig, the former MLB commissioner, liked to say that baseball is a social institution with important social responsibilities. MLB should stand up for the right of every American to first-class citizenship, which includes the right to vote without undue restriction.
We Unmasked the Spring Break Joker and He’s a COVID Truther
       
But it’s going to take a lot more than the city's annual Spring Break police state to combat the disinformation and conspiracy theories personified by the self-styled Joker. This is foolish.”The man known as Miami Joker is the embodiment of that foolishness. Spring Break Sends Late-Night Miami Club Scene Over the Edge“I am a content producer trying to be an influencer,” he said. Upon touching down in Miami Beach, Mrzena has been documenting himself turning up with Spring Breakers on Ocean Drive and surrounding streets. “I think I have helped 17 individuals out here for Spring Break, including guys, not just girls,” Mrzena said, adding that he doesn’t drink alcohol or do drugs.
The GOP’s New Rule: White People Can Shoot, But Black People Can’t Vote
       
The message is, essentially, guns don’t kill people, Black people do — so be sure to lock and load. It’s no secret that Republicans—who’ve spent recent years purging voter rolls, shuttering polling sites and gerrymandering around the country—don’t want Black folks voting. This is what motivates otherwise “do-nothing” GOP members: threats of the Republican-voting white majority losing power to Black and brown demographic expansion and democratic voting rights. We know that the more intensely racist white folks are, according to multiple studies, the more likely they are to own weapons and oppose gun control. This is the party of white folks who remain so angry over millions of Black and brown votes being counted they still delusionally believe the last election was stolen.
We May Be One Election From Permanent Minority Rule
       
And most states award their entire slate of electoral votes to whichever candidate comes out ahead, no matter the margin. In states like Wisconsin, GOP lawmakers want to split state’s electoral votes by congressional districts , which have been drawn in their favor. That means that, even if Biden were to win Wisconsin again in 2024, he might lose several electoral votes to the Republican candidate. With a simple majority vote (plus Vice President Kamala Harris), Senate Democrats could set a new Senate precedent. If Republicans succeed in imposing minority rule, it won’t just make addressing crises like climate change and economic inequality through democratic means impossible.
The Movement for Black Lives Has Been Waiting for This Moment
       
As it continues to fight local battles, the racial justice movement is also using the power it has built to demand change on a national scale. The fight to tackle climate change is also a fight against racism. And as Black Lives Matter organizers Patrisse Cullors and Nyeusi Nguvu explain, ?“those most affected — and killed — by climate change are Black and poor people.”There’s little evidence that Biden’s embrace of bolder climate action would have occurred without significant pressure from progressive groups and organizers. “He has already started to show us that it is going to take immense amounts of pressure to advance the things that we want to advance,” Karissa Lewis, National Field Director with the Movement for Black Lives, tells In These Times. The Movement for Black Lives has a number of tactics planned, Lewis says, included engaging in ?“electoral justice, [grassroots] organizing and policy work” at all levels.
Dianne Morales Is the Radical Choice for New York City Mayor
       
Of all of the candidates currently running for mayor of New York City, Dianne Morales is the most explicitly leftist. HN: Are those kinds of solutions adequate to provide the amount of new housing that experts say New York City needs to bring us into the realm of widespread affordable housing? Just really moving towards eliminating the speculative practices that exist in the city right now, that enable landlords to hold onto vacant space because they’re getting a tax write-off. HN: When you think about the huge Black Lives Matter protests in NYC last year, and the calls for defunding the police, how much do you think City Hall took that to heart? The idea that we would expect him to do the right thing after so many years of not doing the right thing is like the definition of insanity.
New Exhibit Takes Aim at Gun Culture and Its Pathologies
       
As mass shootings become “normal” again from Atlanta to Boulder, Karen M. Gutfreund invites to explore the toxic culture that feeds our gun obsession. This time, her focus has narrowed and the art—created by 36 self-identified female artists—zooms in on gun violence and its aftermath. Alice Beasley’s “Whose Second Amendment?” depicts a white man standing beneath the words Open Carry. “They speak in unison to voice opposition to the racism and sexism issues which are exacerbated by the prevalence of gun violence,” her statement explains. And while children are certainly not the only victims of gun violence, Ann J. Lewis’ “This is Who We Are [#2]” depicts the senselessness of cutting lives short.
Alone Together: Looking Back on One Year in Pandemic
       
Our experiences have been unique, yet strangely similar, I think, as if the pandemic ripping us apart solidified bonds that sentient human creatures share. And so began our continuing conversation about holistic medicine’s overlooked yet effective approaches to chronic and pandemic illness. This is a play written before the pandemic, but its themes of debilitating grief, self-blame and the slow healing brought about through caring for others feel ever more pertinent, now. Suddenly, this is a story with which we are all familiar—even the animals who have lost their human companions to this pandemic. The pandemic diary intensified feelings of love for friends and mentors, family, many of whom died before it hit, yet who formed and taught me.
The Dutch Left’s Collapse Shows How It Failed to Politicize the Pandemic
       
The Dutch center-left, in decline for over a decade, received only one-fifth of the total vote. Besides Rutte’s VVD, at 35 seats, coalition partner D66 — a liberal center-right party — also profited from being in government, taking 24 seats. The result means that VVD and D66 will likely form the core of the next coalition government, with one or two other centrist or left-wing parties. All parties, especially the three traditional left parties (SP, GroenLinks, PvdA), seemed more obsessed than ever with convincing voters that they were ready to join a right-wing government. Then, too, the Dutch left-wing parties were unable to use the crisis as momentum for change and rally voters behind — or, for that matter, conceive of — a viable alternative to the prevailing economic order.
Black Immigrants Matter
       
However, as Jozef’s advocacy expanded, she realized that Black immigrants, wherever they came from, faced particularly dire difficulties in navigating the US immigration system. Gregg GonsalvesFor decades, black immigrants have faced excessively high rates of detention and deportation. Since Covid-19 hit the United States, the share of Black immigrants in detention has gone up, especially in family detention centers. “He put me in touch with Guerline Jozef.” As she has done for countless detained Black immigrants, Jozef raised the money to free Marie’s daughter. As Black immigrant advocates explained to me, even in the immigration justice world, implicit bias makes it difficult for Black migrants to get the aid, lawyers, and support they need.
Gangs Rule the Streets of Jovenel Moïse’s Haiti
       
You will receive occasional promotional offers for programs that support The Nation’s journalism. It would be hard to argue that Jovenel Moïse, the current president of Haiti, has mastered the situation in his country, but in a way, he has. Since 2010, Haiti has received five times more international aid than all other Caribbean countries combined, in part because the earthquake virtually annihilated Port-au-Prince. The page lists all the money given in the wake of the earthquake, then goes on to say that nonetheless Haiti is failing. Here’s a typical quote: “In response to the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Haiti and requests for international assistance from the Government of Haiti and United Nations partners, the US Ambassador to Haiti declared a disaster due to the complex emergency in Haiti.
Appreciating the Legend of Elgin Baylor
       
Subscribe to The Nation Subscribe now for as little as $2 a month! For more from The Nation, check out our latest issueSubscribe to The Nation Subscribe now for as little as $2 a month! Basketball legend Elgin Baylor passed away at age 86, and perhaps the living connection to the origins of the modern game has been cruelly severed. As Professor Lou Moore wrote,because Baylor fought back, the Black press hailed him as a civil rights hero. And with Baylor in the prime of his career, the Black press hoped that this activism would be the new model for Black athletes.
White supremacist propaganda increased in 2020, report says
       
In this Aug. 15, 2020, file photo, protesters and counterprotesters face off in Stone Mountain Village, Ga. White supremacist propaganda reached alarming levels across the U.S. in 2020, according to a new report that the Anti-Defamation League shared with The Associated Press. | Jenni Girtman/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via APNEW YORK (AP) — White supremacist propaganda reached alarming levels across the U.S. in 2020, according to a new report that the Anti-Defamation League provided to The Associated Press. The ADL, which was founded more than a century ago, said that last year marked the highest level of white supremacist propaganda seen in at least a decade. A neo-Nazi group known as Folks Front distributed stickers that include the words “White Lives Matter.”According to the report, at least 30 known white supremacist groups were behind hate propaganda. Despite the overall increase, the ADL reported a steep decline in distribution of white supremacist propaganda at colleges and universities, due in large part to the coronavirus pandemic and the lack of students living and studying on campus.
Chicago activists back a new ordinance for serious police reform
       
A Chicago police officer walks ahead of protesters Wednesday, June 17, 2020, as they march around City Hall, demanding that Mayor Lori Lightfoot enact the ordinance for an all-elected Civilian Police Accountability Council, CPAC. | Charles Rex Arbogast/APCHICAGO – With the high-profile police murders of Laquan McDonald and Rekia Boyd in their past, the citizens of Chicago may be getting closer to establishing an elected police accountability council. The Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression and the Grassroots Alliance for Police Accountability have united around a compromise ordinance they want the city council to approve. Passage of the ordinance would result in the establishment of the thus-far elusive goal of an elected police accountability council. The groups have sent out a statement outlining their support for the new city ordinance.
D.C. Statehood Is a Civil Rights Issue
       
Throughout our nation’s history, civil rights movements across the country have had to fight to achieve victories for the disenfranchised. And one of the most important civil rights issues of our time is the battle for District of Columbia statehood. Talk of granting D.C. Congressional representation has been present for decades, but wasn’t widely recognized as an issue until the civil rights movement in the 1950s. It would be devastating for Democrats to squander an opportunity to pass D.C. statehood and correct a centuries-long stain on the legacy of our democracy. We must not let these efforts be staggered by the filibuster, which has been used for centuries to block racial justice and civil rights bills.
Dirty Pop! Sekai Wright's Boy Band Floor Routine Is a Must-See Dance Party
       
First it was the Backstreet Boys and, my personal favorite, *NSYNC. Regardless, I'll always have a soft spot for the perfectly choreographed, harmonizing groups I used to idolize, so when I heard the music from Sekai Wright's floor routine at the start of the 2021 NCAA gymnastics season, I audibly gasped with excitement. Wright, a junior at UCLA, has a floor routine this year featuring "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" from the Backstreet Boys, "Motownphilly" from Boyz II Men, and *NSYNC's "Pop." In the video above, you'll see her routine from UCLA's Black Excellence meet on Feb. 27. This particular routine received a 9.850 and is absolutely something to clap about.
The combative opening to the first US-China meeting signals a “rough start” to relations
       
The first meeting during the new administration between US and Chinese officials was always going to be a tense affair. Sign up for The Weeds newsletter Vox’s German Lopez is here to guide you through the Biden administration’s unprecedented burst of policymaking. Blinken used his two-minute opening remarks in front of cameras to blast China for not following global rules and norms. But had to happen, in person.”The other thing to notice is that the Chinese government did away with the niceties to excoriate the Biden administration openly. The “[b]iggest takeaway of Anchorage meeting isn’t the debating points,” he tweeted on Friday morning.
Activists mark the anniversary of Breonna Taylor’s killing with demands for justice
       
The one-year anniversary of the police killing of Breonna Taylor was on Saturday, and activists, lawmakers, and Taylor’s family spent it by renewing calls for criminal justice reform. In Louisville, Kentucky, members of Taylor’s family and community activists convened a rally to mark the anniversary of Taylor’s death and to call for accountability for the officers involved in her shooting. And Breonna Taylor’s mother, Tamika Palmer, has filed an internal affairs complaint against six officers in the Louisville Metro Police Department. Breonna Taylor’s murder was an injustice. Breonna Taylor and her family deserve justice.
“We’re both the comfortable and the afflicted”: What gets overlooked when we talk about anti-Asian racism
       
Minor Feelings did force me to sit with these anxieties, but in a way that was both cathartic and illuminating. On one hand, Hong stresses the impossibility of summarizing Asian American experiences in a single tidy package; Asian people aren’t a monolith, after all, and the term “Asian American” encompasses more than 30 different ethnic groups alone. It can be a microaggression where you perceive a racial slight and the person denies it, but minor feelings can be huge. But the catch to that is that as an Asian American and someone of a certain tax bracket, I — and many other Asian Americans — are both. There’s always been anti-Asian American racism, but its forms are dependent on the tax bracket you’re in.
Bessemer, Alabama’s union battle against Amazon is a David and Goliath tale
       
Bessemer, Alabama, is a city of 27,000 souls and dozens of churches. “We don’t believe [the retail workers’ union, under which the workers would organize] represents the majority of our employees’ views,” she wrote. Bessemer needed Amazon more than Amazon needed Bessemer. During the earlier days of the campaign, when most Amazon workers were justifiably leery of putting themselves out there, Bates jumped in feet first. Now the city’s true future rests not in the Amazon jobs that Bessemer so desperately needed, but in the hands of those thousands of Amazon workers.
The history of tensions — and solidarity — between Black and Asian American communities, explained
       
Against the backdrop of anti-racism protests last summer, racist violence was surging in Chinatowns and Asian American communities across the country. What also isn’t new in times of anti-Asian sentiment is the focus on relationships between Black and Asian communities. Many of the attacks that have gained widespread attention have featured Black assailants, and have threatened to inflame tensions between Asian Americans and Black Americans. And for Black and Asian American communities to move forward, it is important to remember the root cause and fight together against it. Moving forward through solidarityAs author and activist Helen Zia said, Asian Americans are not “missing in action”; they are “missing in history.” And because of this invisibility, Asian Americans are often unaware of their own communities’ history of activism and solidarity with Black communities and other communities of color.
Why progressives are lining up against new criminal penalties for domestic terrorism
       
But no existing laws make domestic terrorism a “chargeable offense on its own” with attached criminal penalties, as the Congressional Research Service recently noted. The federal government can combat domestic terrorism using existing legal authoritiesRather than creating a new criminal law for domestic terrorism, law enforcement could put more resources toward using existing legal authorities to prevent terrorist attacks and prosecute those responsible. After the 2017 rally in Charlottesville, Trump ignored his advisers’ pleas to reevaluate his administration’s response to the domestic terrorism — and was reluctant to even use the phrase “domestic terrorism” to describe the threats the US was facing. He later redirected resources away from combating domestic terrorism and toward addressing “radical Islamic terrorism” instead. It would create new offices focused on domestic terrorism within the Department of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security, and the FBI — agencies where efforts to cooperate on prosecuting domestic terrorism have fallen short in the past.
What we’re leaving behind after the pandemic, from sweatpants to alcohol
       
My appearance, the idea of having my face perceived by other people, started to feel so much less fragile. I really believe the pandemic is going to change the way we shop. AlcoholOttavia, Los AngelesMy birthday was on March 16, the day things started to get really serious in Los Angeles last year. But then as quarantine kept going, I started to push myself to wear things that would make me feel cute. The chance to dress up is something I took for granted when I was at school before the pandemic.
10 winners and 1 giant loser from the mostly enjoyable 2021 Grammys
       
The 2021 Grammys arrived amid a cloud of controversy. Megan Thee Stallion got an old-school newsreel intro that had almost as much swag as she does. It was widely reported before the 2021 Grammys began that Beyoncé, who was the 2021 Grammys’ most nominated artist, would not be appearing, presumably in protest of the awards’ obscure voting process. Winner: Megan Thee Stallion and Cardi B, for bringing in intergalactic raunchMegan Thee Stallion began her set with a witty, pornified Ziegfeld Follies take on “Savage” and “Body” that featured twerking tap dancers, and that alone would have been enough. Following 2020’s turbulent civil rights protests, the 2021 Grammys reflected artistry that emphasized struggle.
6 winners and 3 losers from the milestone-laden 2021 Oscar nominations
       
So here are six winners and three losers from the 2021 Oscar nominations, and what to consider as they head toward the finish line. Winner: Women directorsAcross the 93-year history of the Academy Awards, just seven women have been nominated for the Oscar for Best Director. It also scored major nominations at the Producers Guild and Writers Guild, two Hollywood unions whose membership often reflects Oscar preferences. Winner: NetflixIn less than 10 years of eligibility at the Oscars, Netflix’s growth in the nominations count has been stratospheric. Would Judas have stood out as much in a traditional Oscar year, crowded with December releases jockeying for nominations?
The Plague Prophets
       
To mark the one-year anniversary of lockdowns in the US, and the American death toll having crossed half a million and counting, I talked to seven of those artists — “plague prophets,” as I came to think of them. Those of us who experienced the full length of the previous [AIDS] plague felt somewhat prepared when this one happened. “I like to think something good is gonna come out of something horrible like this” —How to Survive a Plague director David FranceBut I don’t think that works the same way in creative pursuits. Had we had a different president, the plague would have been the perfect time for national service. Do you remember in the beginning of the plague, you saw those mountains of potatoes rotting in Idaho?
6 Questions Officials Still Haven’t Answered After Weeks of Hearings on the Capitol Attack
       
6 Questions Officials Still Haven’t Answered After Weeks of Hearings on the Capitol Attack More than 15 hours of testimony failed to answer fundamental questions about the Capitol attack. Among them: Why national security officials responded differently to BLM protesters than to Trump supporters. DonateThe continuing questions surrounding the attack have prompted calls for a more sustained inquiry than has so far taken place. Why did national security officials respond differently to Black Lives Matter protesters than to Trump supporters? In their congressional testimony, they said Sund merely relayed an offer from the National Guard to dispatch a unit of unarmed troops to help with traffic control.
Only Two NYPD Officers Face Serious Discipline From a Watchdog’s Investigations Into Abuse of Black Lives Matter Protesters
       
Only Two NYPD Officers Face Serious Discipline From a Watchdog’s Investigations Into Abuse of Black Lives Matter Protesters After ProPublica detailed the lack of disclosure about protest cases by New York City’s Civilian Complaint Review Board, the agency has revealed how little progress has been made on many of the investigations. New York City’s Civilian Complaint Review Board has been investigating complaints of NYPD abuse of Black Lives Matter protesters, but so far the inquiries have resulted in little recommended discipline. CCRB investigations can take a long time, about eight months on average. The move follows a New York City Council resolution in January calling for the legislature to act. The department did not respond to a request this week for comment about the status of any discipline stemming from protest cases.
As New York City Moves to Address Racialized Policing of Sex Work, Advocates and Lawyers Say It’s Not Enough
       
As New York City Moves to Address Racialized Policing of Sex Work, Advocates and Lawyers Say It’s Not Enough In the wake of a 2020 ProPublica investigation, Mayor Bill de Blasio has called for convening a task force to address problems with how the city polices the sex trade. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has called to convene a task force that will address problems exposed last December by a ProPublica investigation into how the city polices the sex trade. At a news conference on Tuesday, he expressed support for state legislation that would decriminalize the sale of sex. They are currently finalizing the plan, which covers a range of policing issues in addition to sex work. Following the investigation, a dozen city and state elected officials, including City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, called on the NYPD to disband its vice unit entirely.
Meet ProPublica’s 2021 Diversity Scholarship Recipients
       
We’re excited to announce the 25 recipients of the 2021 ProPublica Diversity Scholarship. She now manages recruitment and retention efforts for the Daily Bruin, reaches out to community colleges to let them know about UCLA student media opportunities, and works with alumni to support student staffers. Lalljee grew up in Queens, New York, and loves “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” He would like to attend the Asian American Journalists Association, National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association, and NPPA conferences. Sierra LyonsSierra Lyons is a senior broadcast journalism student at Florida A&M University. She is a member of the SPJ, National Association of Hispanic Journalists, Native American Journalists Association and Latino Journalists of California.
The Americans Who Knitted Their Own Safety Net
       
Mutual aid has a long history in the United States, particularly among Black Americans and other communities subject to racism, xenophobia, and discrimination. Black mutual-aid groups are as old as the country itself; in the late 19th century, more than half of Black women living in New York City were part of one. Mutual-aid groups function a bit like traditional nonprofits or charities in many ways. But mutual-aid groups differ from standard charities. When the deep freeze hit Texas this winter, mutual-aid groups immediately routed donations to afflicted families and communities.
Jurors In Derek Chauvin’s George Floyd Murder Trial
       
Fourteen people in Minnesota have been selected as jurors in former officer Derek Chauvin’s murder trial for killing George Floyd, ending a more than two-week process in which they explained their views on Black Lives Matter and Blue Lives Matter, the protests after Floyd’s death, and defunding the Minneapolis Police Department. Jurors’ opinions on Black Lives Matter and Blue Lives MatterMost of the jurors had somewhat favorable views of Black Lives Matter as a statement but not as an organization. I don’t believe that the organization Black Lives Matter necessarily stands for that. I don’t think one is more important than the other.”The four Black jurors had favorable views of Black Lives Matter, while three of them also felt favorably about Blue Lives Matter. With respect to Blue Lives Matter, she wrote, “Everyone is important and my family member is a police officer.”When Chauvin’s attorney asked her if she agreed with the premise that all lives matter, she said yes.
Anti-Asian Violence Shatters The Myth Of Invisibility
       
People who believe the model minority myth that claims Asian people are a monolith that overcame discrimination. This reluctance to recognize how pervasive anti-Asian racism is has only allowed this strain of race-fueled hate to fester. Not knowing whether these crimes were motivated by racism, trying to glaze over that possibility only preserves the myth of invisibility. For so long, we’ve thought keeping our heads down, being invisible in America might help us gain acceptance — but racial invisibility is a myth. Not knowing whether these crimes were motivated by racism, trying to glaze over that possibility only preserves the myth of invisibility.
Hundreds Of Far-Right Militias Are Still Organizing, Recruiting, And Promoting Violence On Facebook
       
A new report identified more than 200 militia pages and groups on Facebook as of March 18, more than two months after the insurrection at the Capitol. More than 20 of the militia groups mentioned in TTP’s report were created after Facebook’s initial crackdown. TTP found that in recent weeks, some of the militia groups have circulated propaganda posts for the Proud Boys, which Facebook has banned since 2018. The militia pages not only persist on Facebook, but the platform is actually pushing people toward them, TTP and BuzzFeed News found. Four people are suing Facebook for its alleged role in enabling the violence that overtook the city of Kenosha.
Justin Bieber's New Album "Justice" Is Unfocused
       
He was in the last stretch of a colossal world tour to support his colossal fourth album, Purpose, and he simply couldn’t do it anymore. His sixth album, Justice, arrived last week. Poo Bear has featured on every Bieber album since 2013’s Journals, but is notably absent here. This is to say: Justice sees Bieber coming out of the cocoon he has inhabited for the last four years. To say the justice theme on Justice is thin is to give it too much credit.
Demi Lovato's Late Father Looms Large In Her New Docuseries
       
Demi Lovato is no stranger to the spotlight, but in her upcoming YouTube documentary series Demi Lovato: Dancing With the Devil, the singer and former Disney star opens up in new ways about her history with addiction — specifically, about the circumstances around the 2018 overdose that nearly killed her. One of the people Demi discusses in the documentary is her late father, Patrick Lovato, who died in June 2013 after a long battle with cancer. “I thought I could change him, and I think victims of domestic abuse often feel the same way,” De La Garza wrote. Lovato’s father was reportedly diagnosed with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia and also struggled with drug addiction and alcoholism. If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic abuse, call 911 or the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1(800) 799-SAFE (7233) or visit thehotline.org.
Essential California: Meet your new state attorney general
       
Enter email address Sign Me Up You may occasionally receive promotional content from the Los Angeles Times. If confirmed by the state Legislature, Bonta will be the first Filipino American to serve as California attorney general. [Read the story: “Rob Bonta named California attorney general, would be first Filipino American in role” in the Los Angeles Times]The prominent statewide role is often seen as a springboard to higher aspirations. Los Angeles TimesAdvertisementFifteen lovely outdoor dining rooms in Los Angeles: From woodsy patios in Calabasas to downtown views of the skyline, here are some of Eater’s favorite outdoor dining patios in Los Angeles. San Francisco: sunny in San Francisco of all places, 59.
Facebook’s ‘supreme court’ struggles to set global free speech rules
       
That's impossible," Evelyn Douek, an online free speech expert at Harvard University's Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, told Digital Bridge, POLITICO's transatlantic tech newsletter. "It's the first body that's using international human rights law to make content decisions," she added. So far, the tech giant has followed much of the group's advice on how to update its content rules. But, he added, the group's goal was to build a body of legal precedents that could steer Facebook's decisions on platform-wide free speech rules, even if that meant the experts made decisions that went against national laws. But another case — announced on the same day Trump's suspension was referred to the Board — goes to the hard of the difficulty setting global rules for free speech.
Jamie Foxx earns his sixth NAACP Image Award for his role in Soul
       
Jamie Foxx took home his sixth NAACP Image Award for his performance in animated comedy-drama Soul during Wednesday's virtual ceremony. Thanks to the @naacpimageawards for the award for best character voice in an animated film!!!' Winner: Jamie Foxx took home his sixth NAACP Image Award for his performance in animated comedy-drama Soul during Wednesday's virtual ceremony; seen in 2018He continued: '@powerkeni @petedocter thank u for the beautiful ride!!! I'm so happy to be a part of it,' the 53-year-old said of the new movie, Soul. In the movie, Jamie voices middle school music teacher Joe Gardner, who suffers a mysterious 'soul-separating' accident.
Dear Breonna: One Year Later
       
Dear Breonna,On the date of your death, March 13, 2020, I was living in Harlem, New York; although a month later I’d be living in your city. 2020 was ceaselessly taking other Black people, other Black women, due to the growing pandemic. It would become very clear in 2020 that even though we could binge-watch “Black stories” on any streaming service, Black women were still being abused and neglected. This HuffPost video excavates “Why COVID-19 has impacted Black women so badly.” According to Dr. Aderonke Peterson, 58 percent of Black women have been furloughed or laid off versus just 31 percent of white men and 32 percent of white women. If I have learned not to be a fool about anything, it is that Black women and femmes are rarely protected, regardless of the setting.
The Republican Party—Beyond the Pale
       
While he can no longer rule by tweet, the former President still dominates the party thanks to the devotion of his base and few Republican officeholders dare to challenge him. The CARES act was a Republican bill signed by a Republican President that provided lavish benefits to the rich who were not suffering economically and in many cases, were increasing their wealth during the pandemic. Taxes on the wealthy are, by Republican standards, still too high so their efforts to eliminate the "death tax" was recently trotted out again. The integrity of state voting laws was questioned even though, in many states, those laws were written by Republican legislatures. It makes one wonder how it all went so terribly wrong, so far beyond the pale.
What Happened on January 6th was America, the Usual
       
Much more than a horrible insurrection and assault on democracy, what I saw, and have been continually reminded of, was that what happened on that fateful day was America, the usual. What took place at the Capitol was a public display of the other side of the national security coin. My question is, if what happened on that horrible day and the indications leading up to it were not considered threats to national security, then what is? True, there have been some arrests, but none of the charges have been related to sedition or national security. And now, because he is conveniently part of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, the honorable Senator is participating in the hearing on the Capitol security breakdown.
'A Moral Imperative': Business Leaders Demand Death Penalty Abolition Worldwide
       
Acknowledging the injustice, inhumanity, and ineffectiveness of capital punishment, a group of global business leaders on Thursday issued a declaration calling for the worldwide abolition of the death penalty. "As an irreversible and extreme form of punishment, the death penalty is inhumane, and it is irreconcilable with human dignity. The declaration continues:The death penalty does not make communities safer and it does not address the root causes of crime. WTI death row exoneree, @Sabrina76578551 shares her powerful story of being sentenced to die for a crime she did not commit, for the launch of Business Leaders' Declaration Against the Death Penalty. "Business leaders need to do more than just say Black Lives Matter.
Activists and Rights Groups Sue Clearview AI, Warning 'We Won't Be Safe' Until Facial Recognition Firm Is Gone
       
In recent years, several California municipalities including San Francisco, Oakland, and Berkeley have also passed laws banning or limiting police and other city agencies from using facial recognition technology. The facial recognition firm is dangerous. The plaintiffs argue that minorities are especially at risk of rights violations, with the lawsuit noting that "facial recognition algorithms have repeatedly been shown to perform poorly when examining the faces of people of color." "Consequently, facial recognition technology has a far greater risk of misidentifying people of color," it states. "Facial recognition technology has a far greater risk of misidentifying people of color."
It's Time to Give D.C. the True Autonomy and Self-Governance That Comes With Statehood
       
Today, the House Committee on Oversight and Reform is holding a hearing on a bill to establish statehood for Washington, D.C. In the wake of the killing of George Floyd, D.C. residents and others from around the region exercised their right to free speech and protested against police brutality. Unlike every state in the country, D.C. does not have the authority to deploy its own National Guard troops; instead, D.C. must rely on the Department of Defense, as the D.C. National Guard always remains under federal control. The continuing denial of representation for District residents is an overt act of voter suppression with roots in the Reconstruction era. It is beyond time to rectify this by giving D.C. the true autonomy and self-governance that comes with statehood.
DeSantis Wants to Silence, Jail His Opponents—Don't Let Him
       
Ron DeSantis you make your legislative priority for 2021 the passage of a law that will criminalize political protest. How easy will it be to stifle political protest in Florida if this new law passes? No problem, the DeSantis law takes care of that too. Law enforcement already has laws on the books that impose substantial penalties on people committing such crimes. Some courageous law enforcement leaders are already saying as much.
We Must Confront the Ugly Plague of Racism and Hate Crimes
       
Trump’s taunts focused the anger of frightened people on Asian Americans, despite the fact that Asian Americans—often front-line essential workers—were disproportionately hit by the disease. Just as with African Americans, Asian Americans were victimized repeatedly by vigilante violence and official injustice. In reality, the 20 million Asian Americans in the United States are very diverse, coming from 20 countries with different languages, religions and races. Strikingly, they understand that all communities of color struggle in the face of racism and hate crimes. We realized when you combine all the marginalized people who suffer from discrimination—African Americans, Latinos, Asian Americans, members of the LGBTQ communities, undocumented immigrants, the disabled and more—we represent the majority of America.
Dear Educators, It Is Time to Fight for Asian America
       
The racism, the devaluing of life of Asian and Asian Americans, the dehumanizing of immigrant workers, the fetishism of—and violence toward—Asian women have been perpetuated throughout U.S. history. As much of the country attempts to reflect and raise awareness, Asian and Asian American students from various states are choosing not to return to school, disproportionately absent from hybrid classes. Asian Americans, you are beautiful. The time has come again to fight for Asian Americans and for Asian Americans to fight. It is a fight that requires solidarity — not just solidarity among Asian Americans, but with all communities battling for racial justice.
Britain’s Secret Political Police
       
Britain’s intelligence agencies have for decades infiltrated, spied on and sabotaged a wide range of political activist groups among their own people, considering them “subversives.”HN18 was only one of 118 known undercover police officers sent to infiltrate more than 1,000 political, environmental and campaign groups up until 2008 alone. Over the next 40 years, the SDS targeted groups spanning the entire scope of the British political left, as well as black justice campaigns and environmental activists. Almost all of the British spycops’ known targets were from the broad political left. Agent ProvocateursMost of the targeted groups were entirely non-violent, indicating the political nature of the spycops’ surveillance. The most seemingly banal details of the lives of left-wing “subversives” were deemed to be of interest by Britain’s secret political police.
How Art Connects Prisons and Museums ? Current Affairs
       
Goodman’s work also has connections to more contemporary art, such as Kerry James Marshall‘s Untitled (Studio) (2014) [1]. Art by incarcerated artists circulates in the same economy as art by nonincarcerated artists, even when art by incarcerated artists is not exhibited in the same spaces as art by nonincarcerated artists. The prison-industrial complex is still churning: the massive expansion of contemporary art museums as financial institutions (and the ever-escalating value of contemporary art) is part of the same carceral economy. The artists in Marking Time read the same magazines as nonincarcerated artists (like Art Forum, Art in America, or Art News) and their art refers to the same critical theorists (like Agamben and Michel Foucault). Just as art produced in prison is part of the same art market through which contemporary art metastasizes as an “asset class,” so is the museum a financial institution.
Democrats’ Revised Talking Points for the Biden Era ? Current Affairs
       
In light of this, plus that hair-sniffing video, we worry that phrases like “toxic masculinity” have themselves become toxic. Black lives matter, and Black votes matter! “We believe scientists” ? “We ‘believe scientists’”We’re not actually changing this one, we just want to be clear about what it does and doesn’t imply. Democrats continue to believe scientists in the sense that, broadly speaking, it is not the position of the Democratic Party that every scientist is a liar. We believe scientists, but we also believe the fossil fuel tycoons who supported us in 2020 when they tell us there’s more where that came from.
Vladimir Putin says 'it takes one to know one' after Joe Biden calls him a 'killer'
       
She added: "I've been doing this long enough not to try to get in the mind of President Putin. Ms Psaki said: "President Biden has known President Putin for a long time. In a TV interview on Wednesday, Mr Biden said Mr Putin would "pay a price" for that. The White House later said Mr Biden did not regret calling Mr Putin a killer and would "not hold back in words or actions." Mr Putin invited Mr Biden to "continue our discussion" in a live broadcast event.
Ladies Sing the Blues
       
(previously published at the Black Commentator.com, March 18, 2021)Deep Moaning Blues (Ma Rainey, 1928) Jazz Legend from my original 78-rpm disk, not a CD. Deep Moaning Blues (1928) MA RAINEY acc. Angela Davis, Blues Legacies and Black Feminism: Gertrude "Ma" Rainey, Bessie Smith, and Billie HolidayLove of Black people, love of freedom from domestic terrorism. In my grandparents' home, I was exposed to most all genres of music, except the blues. And her subject matter: Ladies singing the blues!
Article: "The Western firewall is complete": the CIA's vast modern anti-communist propaganda effort
       
The Western media understands their narratives are difficult for the public to question without conducting their own, extensive and time-consuming research. These serve to sow a general sense of confusion surrounding the DPRK, as war propaganda is so often meant to do. Then on May 1--the same day VICE News claimed there was a 99 percent chance Kim was dead--the house of cards came crumbling down, as DPRK state media published photos of the leader cutting a ribbon at a fertilizer plant. This is a media that's relentlessly intent on distorting reality when it comes to Washington's communist rivals. Even in supposedly "radical" spaces like the online anarchist community, belief in these lies are widespread, with the anarchist subreddits regularly producing posts like " Debunking Uighur Genocide Denial " and " how do you combat uyghur genocide denial? "
Prison Laborers Are Paid Pennies to Maintain the Prisons They’re Incarcerated In
       
Department of Corrections Directive #4803 states that every incarcerated person is assigned an available program when they enter a New York prison. In New York State, Black people are incarcerated at a rate of eight times that of white people. Wages for SurvivalFor most incarcerated people, wages from prison jobs are not enough to get back on their feet when they get out. Wages from prison jobs are also often needed, but insufficient, for paying off court fines. New York State is $3.9 billion in debt for the operation of its prison facilities, the State Division of the Budget reports.
Activists Counter Anti-Asian Racism Through Community Safety Initiatives
       
“Policing has never kept sex workers or massage workers or immigrants safe.”Red Canary Song was created in response to police violence against sex workers and massage workers. The group then expanded to offer support for other massage workers, connecting them with legal help and medical resources. “It’s about compassion.”“We Have to Build Relationships”The Massage Parlor Outreach Project (MPOP) began in 2018 to support massage workers in Seattle’s Chinatown/International District. We need to build relationships before another raid or deportation happens.”MPOP visited massage workers each month, bringing care packages containing candy, fruits and feminine hygiene supplies. The morning vigil was scheduled so that massage workers could attend before work.
Two years after Christchurch terror attack: Australian establishment covers up fascist danger
       
The Australian political and media elite largely treated the second anniversary of the March 15, 2019 terror attack in Christchurch, New Zealand as a non-event. Chief among them: Was there a relationship between the trajectory of official Australian politics over the past two decades, and Tarrant’s attack? These were the opening years of the “war on terror,” launched in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terror attack. The NSN is led by Thomas Sewell, who was in contact with Tarrant in the years before the Christchurch attack. Days after her article was published, Keneally was on the ABC’s “Insiders” program, demanding that the government drop plans to increase the migrant intake when the coronavirus pandemic subsides, thus again promoting right-wing Australian nationalism.
Left Voice’s campaign for unionization at Amazon: A pseudo-left cover for a Democratic Party operation
       
Among these is the Left Voice website, which is published by supporters of the Partido de los Trabajadores Socialistas (PTS, Socialist Workers Party) in Argentina. In particular, the Biden administration and the Democratic Party have aggressively intervened to promote the RWDSU campaign. Perhaps this is why Left Voice has failed to translate many of its articles on the Amazon unionization drive into Spanish for its Latin American readership. The same counterrevolutionary viciousness that motivates Rubio’s policies in Latin America is behind his support for the unionization campaign in Amazon. Left Voice is playing its own part in providing cover for this operation.
One's Antifa. One's In A Militia. How An Ancestry Match Led To An Unlikely Bond
       
How An Ancestry Match Led To An Unlikely BondEnlarge this image toggle caption Hannah Allam/NPR Hannah Allam/NPRThe Facebook message instantly struck Andrew as suspicious. In Andrew, Cody couldn't have stumbled upon a more different relative if he'd tried. Does Cody's militia affiliation make him a national security risk even if he doesn't violate any laws? To many, he said, a militia is a militia is a militia. Marchers weren't expected for at least another hour, so Andrew and Cody walked down to the monument's famous reflecting pool.
Newton police must shift from ‘warrior’ to ‘guardian’ mind-set, report says
       
In January, Newton police shot and killed Michael Conlon, 28, a resident experiencing a mental health crisis. AdvertisementFour Newton officers, including the two who shot Conlon, remain on administrative leave. In May, resident Tim Duncan was stopped by a group of Newton officers while out walking. AdvertisementDuncan discussed the stop in an emotional Youtube video following the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police and later met with the city task force. According to the task force report, Duncan felt the actions of the police during his encounter were traumatizing.
Jamie Foxx celebrates his NAACP Image Award for Soul with a swanky evening meal in Malibu
       
He took home his sixth NAACP Image Award this week for his performance in the animated comedy-drama, Soul. And Jamie Foxx was seen exiting Nobu Malibu in style on Wednesday following a celebratory dinner. Jamie made sure to keep a low profile in a face mask and tinted shades while draping a bag over his shoulder. the actor wrote of his big NAACP Image Award victory on Instagram. Gratitude: It comes after Jamie celebrated his NAACP Image Award on Instagram for his performance in the animated comedy-drama SoulIn the movie, Jamie voices middle school music teacher Joe Gardner, who suffers a mysterious 'soul-separating' accident.
Lawmakers Spar Over Need for New Domestic Terrorism Laws
       
“While Michigan has a robust array of laws to address domestic terrorism, many states and federal prosecutors do not,” noted Nessel, a Democrat. “To fully combat domestic terrorism laws across the country, changes to federal criminal laws must be made.”The Homeland Security Committee’s Subcommittee on Intelligence and Counterterrorism held the hearing, in part, to discuss whether changes to federal domestic terrorism laws are needed. And critics of an overhaul fear any new federal laws could be misapplied. Hundreds of civil rights groups have echoed such concerns. “Honestly, we did not have the federal laws available…to properly charge these individuals,” she said.
Italy: Teen in hijab aims to be ‘Afro-influencer’ on TikTok
       
Aida Diouf Mbengue, 19, was recording a TikTok video to share with her 330,000 followers. Nearly one-fifth of those foreigners come from African countries, including Mbengue, She came to Italy from Kaolack, Senegal, with her family at age 3. But she says she started receiving racist messages once she started posting videos of herself in a hijab. Mbengue started making content for TikTok, a video-sharing social networking platform, on a whim in 2019 with a simple video. “Fortunately, this is the new face of Italy and we are not going back,? Jean said.
Decade of the Woman
       
“I wanted to do this but I never knew it was called a sports agent," Lynn told USA TODAY Sports. And hopefully one day, the whole table is ours.”During Women's History Month we look at what could be the Decade of the Woman. Why she’s key: Nichols joins Tori Miller of the College Park Skyhawks as the second woman to hold a general manager position in the G League. Manuel is also the first woman to win seven medals at a single world championship, and the first Black woman to sweep the 50- and 100- meter freestyle titles at worlds. Illustrations by Jake Lovett, USA TODAY Network
The left's 'expansion of wokeness' is coming for your toddlers next, professor warns
       
The article indicates a troubling expansion of "wokeness" among "younger and younger" demographics, Kentucky State University professor Wilfred Reilly told "Fox News Primetime" host Brian Kilmeade on Wednesday. The piece by Natalie Jesionka was published under the headline: "Social justice for toddlers: These new books and programs start the conversation early." Jesionka wrote that "experts say it’s never too early, and a new wave of tools and resources can help start the conversation." WAPO MOCKED FOR 'SOCIAL JUSTICE FOR TODDLERS GUIDE'She also spoke with "performance artists" whose goal is to "increase exposure to drag, support gender-variant children and create an inclusive space where everyone feels welcome". "It actually is true in the social sciences that toddlers trust people with faces that look more like those of their caretakers pretty early on.
Somebody hijacked Salesforce's LinkedIn account and posted support for Black Lives Matter
       
Salesforce has said before that Black lives matter, but a message posted to the software company's LinkedIn account last Friday expressed the sentiment about racial equality more vigorously than usual. The spokesperson didn't comment on the content of the LinkedIn post but did point to a February blog post showing the status of diversity efforts. After Salesforce's LinkedIn account published the message on Friday, hundreds reacted with emojis such as the thumbs up and heart, and some users left comments. You're part of ours," the Salesforce account wrote in reply. (In 2018, Bloomberg reported that some Salesforce employees had expressed that the company had misappropriated Hawaiian words and culture.)
100 op-eds that tell the story of the 2010s
       
----By Erica Williams"If the largest and most diverse generation in American history is so progressive, and members voted decisively Democratic, why the so-called 'Republican tsunami?' My question is: Who has the right to tell me that I don't deserve this choice? ----By Tara Setmayer"The Republican nominee just pulled off one of the greatest upsets in political history to take back the White House. In the last three years, Donald Trump has replaced Charles Darwin as troublemaker-in-chief in many white American churches." And Americans at large dread the idea of Thanksgiving dinners with family members who might bring up President Donald Trump.
Opinion: Donald Trump's ultimate outrage
       
Law enforcement officials promised to take action against the rioters. Americans "deserve to know that everyone who participated in this act of seditious terror will be investigated and prosecuted under the law ," wrote. The preparationsThrough the eyes of a longtime law enforcement official, Cedric L. Alexander, the preparations for defending the Capitol seemed deeply flawed. Paul Callan observed, "The inability of police forces of the most powerful nation in human history to adequately protect the Capitol building from an angry mob seems inconceivable. observed, "The inability of police forces of the most powerful nation in human history to adequately protect the Capitol building from an angry mob seems inconceivable.
Opinion: The key question for jury selectors in the George Floyd trial
       
The pool of potential jurors must consist of "persons randomly selected from a fair cross-section of qualified county residents." Within that pool, each potential juror is then subjected to questioning -- called "voir dire" -- by the judge and the lawyers for the parties. Typically, applicants submit a request for consideration to the Pardon Attorney, who then makes recommendations to the president. Join us on Twitter and FacebookDuring his presidency, Trump largely ignored the Pardon Attorney. President Joe Biden is free to use the Pardon Attorney however he pleases; he can consider the Pardon Attorney's advice, follow it or ignore it altogether.
Opinion: The most effective way to fight back against anti-Asian hate
       
Most Americans are taught little about Asian Americans, the fastest growing racial or minority group in the country -- and a diverse one at that. But they have also, in some instances, been fined for mistreating fellow Asian American employees through wage theft and unsafe working conditions. When Asian American students excel over White students, too often they are chastised by educators for working too hard . Yet when White students outperform students of color, the reaction is the opposite and some teachers may place the blame on the students of color , or their parents. Without robust educational efforts, the federal government cannot live up its own expectations in addressing anti-Asian American racism.
Opinion: Putin and Biden are already locked in a war of words
       
On Wednesday, in an interview with ABC News, President Biden agreed with his host, George Stephanopoulos, that Russian President Vladimir Putin was a " killer ." "Be healthy," Putin told the US president, emphasizing the words, "I wish you health." Later, Putin challenged Biden to some kind of Internet duel . Putin named a number of issues he and Biden could discuss -- from the nuclear balance to regional conflicts. (The Russian president denies owning it.)
‘A conversation that needs to happen’: Democrats agonize over ‘defund the police’ fallout
       
It was true during the civil rights movement,” said Guy Cecil, chair of Priorities USA, during a recent briefing with reporters. House candidates recently shared the report to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, according to a person familiar with their communications. “Certainly there are people that respond negatively to defund the police. There are people that respond in our surveys — by the way, of all races, all income brackets, that respond negatively to defund the police,” he said. “I do think that there is a conversation that needs to happen that puts Democrats on notice around what our movement would consider harmful to our efforts in their efforts to push back on these attacks,” he said.
Newsom selects Asian American progressive Bonta for California AG
       
Gavin Newsom is nominating Assemblymember Rob Bonta as California attorney general. | AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli Newsom selects Asian American progressive Bonta for California AGOAKLAND — Gov. Gavin Newsom has chosen Assemblymember Rob Bonta to be attorney general of California, elevating the first Asian-American man to the position in state history. Harris became the first Asian American and the first African American to serve as California attorney general in 2011. In selecting Bonta, Newsom completed a sweeping makeover of California's highest levels of government.
‘I Have Never Seen the Asian American Community Galvanized Like This’
       
Yunghi Kim has used her camera to cover conflicts and crises in the U.S. and around the world for more than three decades, from Rwanda to Kosovo to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. In 1992 she was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for her coverage of the famine in Somalia. Over the last 10 years, she’s turned her lens toward some of the most high-profile protest movements in the U.S., including Occupy Wall Street and Black Lives Matter. “Maybe it’s because this all strikes closer to home,” says Kim, who immigrated from Korea to New York at the age of 10 in 1972. “I have never seen the Asian American community galvanized like this.”
Damson Idris And Walter Mosley On Honoring John Singleton With ‘Snowfall’ Season 4
       
Singleton, who co-created, directed and executive-produced “Snowfall,” was only 51 when he died after having a stroke in April 2019. Idris said he and his colleagues’ focus this season was to make Singleton proud by executing his vision. Idris’ own education about the crack epidemic influenced what he’s been able to bring to the role each season. He’s on point.”Mosley, Idris and the entire cast and crew wield a hot torch that Singleton lit. He and Mosley agree that Singleton would be proud of this season.
College students are falling in love with white supremacy. Rep. Paul Gosar is helping.
       
Operating under the innocuous-sounding name “College Republicans United,” the group claims endorsements by fringe white nationalist figures like Michelle Malkin and Lauren Witzke. Fuentes is an open anti-Semite, Holocaust denier, head of the “Groyper” movement and organizer of the America First Political Action Conference. But Fuentes was preceded by a newsmaking keynote speaker: Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz. Fuentes’ current pinned tweet is a photo of himself standing proudly beside the congressman at the conference. Its contemporary analogue pushes for a different kind of isolationism: a white isolationism, making the American state free of immigrants, minorities and Jews. Without the bloviating animation of Trump behind the slogan, those who continue to proclaim it shiver with reverberations, echoing history, proclaiming the need for white demographic supremacy.
Diverse jury raises activists’ hopes for ex-cop’s trial
       
The panel of 15 includes nine people who are white and six who are Black or multiracial, according to the court. African Americans bring “an institutional memory of the police” to jury rooms that whites and even other people of color don’t share, he said. Court records obtained by Moriarty show Blacks are chronically underrepresented on juries in Hennepin County, which is 74% white and 14% Black. When they do, recent history suggests a more diverse jury increases the odds for conviction, although the record is mixed. A Black man in his 30s who immigrated to America more than 14 years ago said he talked with his wife about the case.
UCLA Student Charged In Capitol Riot Took Inspiration From Online Extremist
       
UCLA Student Charged In Capitol Riot Took Inspiration From Online ExtremistEnlarge this image toggle caption Yifan Wu for NPR Yifan Wu for NPRFor nearly a year, UCLA students said, they raised the alarm about one of their classmates. Taking inspiration from an online extremistAt UCLA, Secor majored in political science and joined the Bruin Republicans, a conservative student group on campus that included moderate Republicans alongside more pro-Trump members. In its statement to NPR, UCLA said: "UCLA believes the Jan. 6 attack at the Capitol was an attack on our democracy. "Many members are children of the very immigrants the letter rails against," several former Bruin Republicans wrote in a letter. Bruin Republicans declined to comment for this story and did not respond to questions from NPR.
Virginia Governor Signs Law Abolishing The Death Penalty, A 1st In The South
       
Virginia Governor Signs Law Abolishing The Death Penalty, A 1st In The SouthEnlarge this image toggle caption Steve Helber/AP Steve Helber/APOn Wednesday, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam signed a bill into law abolishing the death penalty in the state after the Democratic-controlled legislature passed the measure late last month. "It is the moral thing to do to end the death penalty in the Commonwealth of Virginia," said the governor. Opponents of the death penalty cite the high cost, the possibility of executing the innocent and the disproportionate racial impact. Many victim's families have spoken out against the death penalty, saying it makes healing more difficult.
How to be an ally: What you can do as a bystander to race-based harassment or violence
       
As coronavirus cases began to climb in the spring of 2020, so did incidents of anti-Asian harassment and violence. The killings rocked the Asian American community, already on edge after the wave of race-based violence during the pandemic. AdvertisementIn a new report, the group Stop Asian-American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Hate detailed 3,795 incidents of anti-Asian harassment and violence. Stop AAPI Hate has a list of safety tips available in multiple languages for people who may be the victims of harassment. Posting a “Stop Asian Hate” graphic to Instagram is nice, but only if it’s the start of your activism.
Representation isn’t just about visibility. Shootings remind us it’s about life and death
       
The battles of #OscarsSoWhite, #MeToo, Black Lives Matter and cancel culture are part of the escalating war over the American narrative. The conflict isn’t only about who tells the story but also how it is being told. Law enforcement charged a 21-year-old man with murder but was reluctant to categorize this targeted mass shooting as a hate crime. At issue is the matter of visibility, of being seen as a human being, endowed with those supposedly inalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Atrocities like the killing of George Floyd and the Atlanta-area shootings should make it clear that we’re talking about life and death.
Column: The secret to keeping this moment of solidarity between Black and Asian Americans
       
“That an Asian family called a Black activist,” Ali said, pausing in wonderment, “speaks volumes.”AdvertisementEspecially in Los Angeles. (AFP via Getty Images)Few understand this more than Ali, who has advocated for racial justice in South Los Angeles for decades. Enter email address Sign Me Up You may occasionally receive promotional content from the Los Angeles Times. How does this fit into everything?”In many ways, this is a change from the days of Latasha Harlins, uniting around a common enemy of white supremacy. I’d like to say yes, but white supremacy is nothing if not insidious in its ability to divide and conquer.
A new generation hopes to turn activism to fight Asian hate into a sustained movement
       
Even though Asian activism has claimed important victories over the years, it has at times seemed largely episodic, struggling to gain the same critical mass. Ellen Wu, the director of the Asian American studies program at Indiana University Bloomington, called the current movement against anti-Asian violence unprecedented. She pointed to how the term “Asian American” emerged out of the Asian American movement, which began in the late 1960s and called for solidarity across Asian nationalities and other minority groups. There were plenty other episodes of Asian American activism. Young-Jin Yang, a 34-year-old Downey resident, was upset last month that the rise in anti-Asian violence was not getting attention.
QAnon now pushes alarming conspiracy myths targeting China and Jewish people
       
“That is what I worry about,” said Cynthia Miller-Idriss, a professor at American University in Washington, D.C., who runs the Polarization and Extremism Research & Innovation Lab. “There is a huge component of this that China is taking over.”More broadly, extremist specialists say QAnon is seeking to maintain relevance by swallowing other conspiracy movements. Bush used “new world order” in a speech about the fall of Soviet communism, fueling anxiety about government overreach, a loss of liberty and gun rights. But QAnon quickly spun into the specific and fantastical, with the new world order ideas pushed to its outskirts. The reasons why some Southern Californians have latched onto new world order rhetoric are complex.
As Europe’s lockdowns drag on, police and protesters clash more
       
From Spain and Denmark to Austria and Romania, frustrated people are lashing out at the restrictions on their daily lives. LONDON — In Bristol, an English college town where the pubs are usually packed with students, there were fiery clashes between police and protesters. The Metropolitan Police then roughly broke up a vigil for Everard on the grounds that the participants were violating coronavirus rules on social distancing. Under the latest draft of the rules, issued Monday, protests would be allowed under limited circumstances, starting next Monday. “This pandemic has exposed the weaknesses of our unwritten constitution when it comes to certain rights,” said Adam Wagner, a human rights lawyer and expert on the coronavirus rules.
Shopping while Black: A Boston stylist on being followed, ignored, and discredited
       
As a Black stylist and personal shopper in Boston for a decade, I’ve encountered retail racism more times than I can remember. Being vigilant and on guard while navigating retail stores has long been an uncomfortable normal for me. My experiences with retail racism have forced me to develop specific approaches to shopping. I always try to call ahead to tell managers and staff members that I’m coming in with clients. The tough thing about dealing with retail racism, especially when it is your job to shop, is to keep your composure.
‘White, white, white. Then there’s me.’ A Black lawyer shares her experiences
       
There’s a separate line for attorneys, which is white, white, white. Then it’s white, white, white again. Here, she shares her experiences as one of the few Black lawyers during weekly Housing Court proceedings (pre-pandemic) at the Edward W. Brooke Courthouse, which is named for the first Black politician from Massachusetts to serve in Congress. How many people in the tenants’ line don’t have attorneys? AdvertisementOn Thursdays, I go upstairs to the fifth floor, where Housing Court is, to try and find my clients.
Chaplains and the rise of on-demand spiritual support
       
Indeed, the new breed of chaplains is distinctly ecumenical — ministers for the “spiritual, but not religious” set. To meet spiritual needs when and where they arise, we’re turning to chaplains, people trained to work outside the structure of religious institutions. “It was incredible.”AdvertisementInclusive experiences like that are becoming more common as chaplains move to the forefront of spiritual care. As his team responded to earthquakes, fires, and winter storms, he saw hospital chaplains, fire department chaplains, and state trooper chaplains at work, and was amazed at the presence that they brought to a disaster scene. Sergeant Aimee NordinMovement chaplains weren’t the only chaplains paying attention to last summer’s racial justice protests.
Compassion has a price, but so does the lack of it
       
Even before the pandemic, medical parole reflected the Legislature’s recognition that compassionate release was critical. The Globe’s March 15 article — front page, above the fold — screams that 21 convicted murderers have been freed under the state’s compassionate release law (“Compassionate, but to whom? The notion that paroling those so debilitated threatens public safety is absurd. Our prisons are overflowing with elderly and sickly prisoners, disproportionately Black and brown, who have already paid a heavy price for their crimes. Once again, the humanity of laws like compassionate release has been twisted in the political interest of proponents of endless punishment.
As Republicans normalize political violence, the Jan. 6 insurrection goes on
       
Yet his most recent malicious comments managed to vault from stupid and laughable to unapologetically racist and dangerous. Federal authorities charged two men Monday with assaulting three Capitol Police officers including Brian Sicknick , who later died, during the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol. This, too, is an assault on the Constitution, and a sobering reminder that the racist GOP-endorsed insurrection didn’t end on Jan. 6. Calling the GOP response to the Jan. 6 insurrection muted is a gross underselling of a harsh truth. That response has been enabling and sanctioning, and it’s a warning that Republicans will do nothing to prevent an insurrection from happening again.
A new 8,500-square-foot mural in Deep Ellum is artist Tristan Eaton’s tribute to Texas
       
For at least a decade, Tristan Eaton’s stunning new mural will be a Deep Ellum eye-catcher. His latest job is painting an 8,500-square-foot mural on the side of The Stack, a new office building on Commerce Street. A new mural is being painted on The Stack building in Deep Ellum by artist Tristan Eaton, on Thursday, March, 11, 2021. But for his Deep Ellum mural, Eaton talked with his friend, rapper Bun B, one half of the famed Texas hip-hop duo UGK. Eaton’s mural does feature Texas music icons like Badu, Buddy Holly, Bob Wills and Lead Belly.
Jump-starting Black-owned businesses will jump-start the economy
       
We’ve clearly seen racial disparities on display in Black communities, with disproportionate deaths from the coronavirus, and inherent racism in police brutality. This is unfortunate, but the reality is that supporting and investing in Black communities and Black businesses not only helps those communities and entrepreneurs, but the entire economy. Kellogg Foundation and the Brookings Institution, as a collaborative initiative to support Black businesses by identifying and removing systemic barriers that hinder their growth in every sector. Research with our partners at the Brookings Institution found that investing in Black businesses will expand the economy. The results of these barriers are quite clear: Of all Black businesses, only 5% have employees.
S.F. Pride Parade not returning in 2021, replaced by several events in June
       
In spite of progress made reopening in the Bay Area in 2021, the San Francisco Pride Parade will not be returning to Market Street on the last Sunday of June this year, nor will the traditional opening motorcycle procession. Instead, the annual celebrations for LGBTQ Pride Weekend will be expanded into a month of programming with three socially distant, outdoor events anchoring the schedule, organizers announced Wednesday, March 24. In addition to being envisioned with pandemic safety measures in mind, the new format also gives the organization the opportunity to focus on renewed discussions around equity in the LGBTQ community. The Pride Expo will focus on presenting queer businesses and organizations that provide resources within the Bay Area LGBTQ community. Pride is facing calls from parts of the LGBTQ community to reassess its mission in light of the nationwide dialogue around systemic injustice and bias.
Be MKE: New restaurants, the shamrock shuffle and electric scooters returning
       
The big deals this week: when Milwaukee will shamrock shuffle, new restaurants and electric scooters returning to city streets. When this first got started the investors said they wanted to take over the retailer's board of directors. Wisconsin expects that the vaccine will open up to the general population on May 1. The electric scooters could return this summer through a pilot program. The last time Milwaukee had scooters before coronavirus, there were around 350,000 scooter trips from late June through late November in 2019.
Johnson errs claiming Senate had no violence Jan.6
       
I didn't," Johnson said. But Johnson went a significant step beyond how he felt in asserting there was "no violence on the Senate side." Johnson’s distinctionSeveral of the most tragically memorable moments occurred around the House chamber. Rioters breached the Senate chamber about 2:45 p.m., with one man heard on video asking, "Where the (expletive) are they?" The highest-profile violent acts indeed occurred around the House chamber.
Las Vegas police rarely held accountable for misconduct by board
       
The Citizen Review Board either dismissed complaints or sided with Las Vegas Metropolitan Police internal affairs in most cases the past three years, records show. Las Vegas Metro Police are seen patrolling near the Bellagio hotel and casino fountains on the Las Vegas Strip, on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. (Elizabeth Brumley/Las Vegas Review-Journal @EliPagePhoto)Citizen Review Board executive director Julie Kraig would not respond to requests for interviews about the board's decisions. The Civilian Complaint Review Board records had been sealed for decades. A big welcome to the many new 2021 Board Members appointed by @ClarkCountyNV and @CityOfLasVegas!
Derek Chauvin trial: A closer look at the 15 jurors
       
Fifteen jurors have been selected for the case against Derek Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer charged in George Floyd’s death. He said he supports Black Lives Matter as a general concept but disagrees with some of the ways group members go about things. 55 is a white woman in her 50s who is a single parent of two children. 96 is a white woman in her 50s, who had a job in customer service but is between jobs. 118 is a white woman in her 20s, who was married in October and recently got a goldendoodle puppy.
Jury’s diversity raises activists’ hopes for equal perspectives as Derek Chauvin trial begins
       
The panel of 15 includes nine people who are white and six who are Black or multiracial, according to the court. Derek Chauvin is charged with murder and manslaughter in Floyd’s death May 25. The Black man was declared dead after Chauvin, who is white, pressed his knee against his neck for about nine minutes while he was handcuffed and pleading that he couldn’t breathe. During questioning for Chauvin’s jury, some people in the pool were strikingly direct about how the color of their skin affected their view of Floyd’s death. A Black man in his 30s who immigrated to America more than 14 years ago said he talked with his wife about the case.
2 Oregon brothers arrested on federal charges stemming from alleged role in U.S. Capitol riot
       
Matthew Leland Klein, 24, and Jonathanpeter Allen Klein, 21, are the first Oregon residents to be charged in the Capitol riot. They were each caught on video storming the Capitol, according to federal authorities. FBI agents arrested the Klein brothers Tuesday -- Matthew Klein in Sherwood and Jonathanpeter Klein in Heppner, according to the FBI. In an Instagram message, Matthew Klein told another person that he was planning to travel to D.C.: “Yep! Jonathanpeter Klein appeared briefly before Oregon’s U.S. Magistrate Judge John V. Acosta via phone from Umatilla County Jail on Tuesday afternoon.
Blink will return to Cincinnati in 2022, thanks to COVID-19 stimulus money to help the arts
       
Cincinnati expects to get $290 million from the $1.9 trillion national stimulus passed by Congress for COVID-related expenses. Then, after a solo from Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra clarinetist Christopher Pell, Cranley announced the arts are coming back. $6 million for performing arts organizations to help them stay open and have productions in the summer and fall. $1 million in aid to museums, including the Cincinnati Museum Center, the Cincinnati Art Museum and the Taft Museum. Cranley said he's encouraging arts organizations to start performing now outside "in safe places."
Federal COVID-19 relief money would restore Black Lives Matter mural in front of City Hall
       
Traffic, weather and even an act of vandalism last year have worn down the Black Lives Matter mural on the asphalt of Plum Street outside Cincinnati City Hall. Cincinnati's city manager Paula Boggs Muething has recommended using $250,000 in its $290 million allotment of COVID-19 relief money toward the mural. It's part of $10 million announced by Mayor John Cranley Wednesday in federal money going to Cincinnati arts. The $250,000 wouldn't just be a fresh coat of paint. Exactly what programming will be planned surrounding the mural, city officials wouldn't say.
Baker: Walsh brings Hub-honed leadership skills to D.C.
       
Marty Walsh has been building relationships for 25 years in and around elected office. Marty Walsh has done the same, delivering results on historic levels. Marty viewed racism as just as much of a public health crisis as the COVID virus and declared it as such. That is what Marty Walsh has done since Day One — understand, care for and prioritize our citizens. Frank Baker represents District 3 on the Boston City Council.
Staff slamming Teen Vogue's editor. Protesters targeting cheerleaders. Where is our grace?
       
I knew as much about Bradford last week as I did the magazine Teen Vogue. At first, her hiring was heralded by many — a career triumph for a young and accomplished woman of color. Teen Vogue’s writers aren’t “saving the world.” Rather, they are trying to destroy it, one person at a time. He did something nice and wound up punished for it, and the reporter involved had his own stupid tweets unearthed, too. Everyone is worse for the wear because the protesters couldn’t muster a thimble full of grace for a bunch of frightened elementary school kids.
How one year in life taught us lessons we should never forget
       
We did not know yet about the police killing of Breonna Taylor in the late hours of the night. No one knew that our lives would be physically distanced from one another, learning made virtual or work become remote. A lot can happen in a year:7 things that helped define Kentucky's year of COVID-19Nor was the death, disease and dis-ease attributable only to coronavirus and anti-Black racism. That the God of life is larger, wiser, more expansive still than any of our deepest imaginings. One year in the life, may we remember, and never forget.
Progressive Rob Bonta picked as California's first Filipino attorney general
       
State assemblyman and advocate for criminal justice reform is expected to be confirmed by legislatureCalifornia’s governor has nominated Rob Bonta, a progressive state assemblyman known for pushing criminal justice reform, to be the state’s next attorney general. Rob Bonta (@RobBonta) I am honored & humbled that @GavinNewsom has chosen me to serve as your next Attorney General. Just think of the incredible advocacy of Attorney General Kamala Harris and Attorney General Jerry Brown.”Newsom marveled at the “remarkable footsteps that Rob Bonta will step into”. Under a new California law, the state’s attorney general will take on the role of investigating all deadly police shootings of unarmed civilians. Other Democrats reportedly vying for the California attorney general nomination were Adam Schiff, lead prosecutor in Donald Trump’s first impeachment trial, and Diana? Becton, ?the Contra Costa county district attorney.
We don't need another hate crime: we just need the police to do their job
       
And very little of what we actually need: which is for the police to actually turn up and do their job. On actual streets actually looking around, actually able to respond to crime when it happens. Either they don’t turn up, or they do and then don’t do anything. A friend’s son was mugged and his bike stolen; the thieves had left another stolen bike in its place. We don’t need woke police deciding what is fair crime in the name of social justice and what isn’t.
The greatest over ever bowled: Sir Geoffrey Boycott and Michael Holding remember the six balls that shook the world
       
Having dismissed West Indies for 265, they are - for once - in the game. As the senior bowler, Roberts took the first over, Boycott watching from the other end as Graham Gooch fended him off. “Yes, Geoffrey was 40 - I remember watching him play against people like Sir Garfield Sobers. I remember watching the first over Andy bowled at Goochy, he got two thick edges. I don’t think I could have done much else.”The West Indies were jubilant at seeing England’s totem toppled so emphatically.
National Trust director insists she's 'not woke' following slavery report backlash
       
The director of the National Trust has insisted that she is “not woke” after commissioning a controversial report linking its properties with slavery and colonialism. Hilary McGrady faced strong criticism last year from National Trust members over the 115-page report, which included references to Winston Churchill’s home, prompting more than 500 letters of complaint. “If I have my time again, the slavery report was absolutely the right thing to do. There was massive pressure to get it out.”Paxman raised the prospect that Ms McGrady had initiated the report “because you’re woke,” before asking: “Are you woke?”“I’m not woke,” she responded. The report identified 29 Trust properties with links to successful compensation claims from the slave trade and that “one-third of properties can be directly connected to colonial histories”.
Does Dan Bongino have what it takes to be the new Rush Limbaugh?
       
T he day after Rush Limbaugh died, fellow talk radio host Dan Bongino praised him in no uncertain terms. “Rush Limbaugh invented the national conservative talk radio, he invented the game …He was unique and will never be replaced, I mean, ever. Please enter your email address Please enter a valid email address Please enter a valid email address SIGN UP Thanks for signing up to the Inside Washington newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice Thanks for signing up to the Inside Washington newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. “If you have 15 million listeners on a daily basis, three hours a day, five days a week –just one show – that was Rush Limbaugh.
Shibutani siblings say Atlanta shooting has increased awareness of attacks on Asian Americans
       
American ice dancers Maia and Alex Shibutani, the first duo of Asian descent to win Olympic medals in the sport, said last week’s shootings near Atlanta had made the wider public more aware of reports of a growing number of attacks faced by Asian Americans. “There has been awareness and concern from within the AAPI community, but it has felt like the collective call for allyship and help wasn’t widely acknowledged until the tragedy on the 16th,” Alex Shibutani told Reuters. “With the pandemic, it is already prudent to be careful, but the unpredictability of these attacks is yet another thing for the AAPI community to be scared of,” said Maia, Alex’s sister and ice dancing partner. The incidence of hate crimes against Asian Americans rose by 149% in 2020 in 16 major cities compared with 2019, according to the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism. The Shibutanis urged financial support for organizations like the AAPI Community Fund, Asian Americans Advancing Justice, and the Gold House, as well as the families directly impacted by the shootings.
Megan Rapinoe supports athlete protests instead of boycotts
       
Protests, not boycotts, are the way to challenge China on human rights, letting athletes use their platforms to highlight issues hanging over the 2022 Beijing Olympics, according to U.S. women’s soccer international Megan Rapinoe. “I don’t think athletes should be pawns,” Rapinoe told Reuters in a Zoom interview. As a gay athlete Rapinoe has been a vocal advocate for LGBTQ rights and verbally sparred with former U.S. President Donald Trump. But it is the women’s national team’s battle with the U.S. Soccer Federation over equal pay with the men that has been Rapinoe’s main off-field focus. Rapinoe insists that off-field feuds do not distract her or the team from their one goal — returning home from Tokyo with gold.
Kenya Moore in hot water over her 'super problematic' Native American Halloween costume on RHOA
       
However, between the full feathered headdress and the fact that the show wrote 'Native American' on the screen, people were clearly not buying it. 'Kenya's Native American costume is super problematic but I ain't trying to ruffle no feathers for this girls trip,' she said. 'Kenya's Native American costume is super problematic but I ain't trying to ruffle no feathers for this girls trip,' Drew said in her confessional. 'Kenya is a Native American warrior,' she quipped. 'Kenya is a Native American warrior.
Justin and Hailey Bieber coordinate in brightly colored sweatshirts at Nobu
       
And on Monday Justin and Hailey Bieber were back to their Los Angeles ways as they stylishly stepped out for lunch at celeb hotspot Nobu in Malibu. The it couple looked laidback in bright colored sweatshirts as they enjoyed sushi with an ocean view following the release of his new album Justice. Though they have no shortage of famous friends, the married couple celebrated the release of Justin's sixth album Justice last Friday with an island getaway to Turks and Caicos. Justin seemed to try and offer some guidance on the album's various themes while talking to Vogue. Hailey has been there for support amid the ups and downs of his career, also reflecting on her marriage to Justin in a recent interview with Elle.
Lady Victoria Hervey wears a white jacket and skinny jeans as she takes her dog for a walk
       
And Lady Victoria Hervey looked sensational when she took her pooch D'artagnan for a stroll while shopping at Bristol farms in Los Angeles, California, on Tuesday. The socialite, 44, put on an effortlessly chic display in a white blazer that she donned over a loose-fitting shirt and skinny, dark-blue jeans. Adding a glittering touch to her ensemble, Lady Victoria accessorised with a large pendant necklace and an array of gold and beaded bracelets. Lady Victoria picked up a number of items during her outing, including a colourful bouquet of flowers and items from a hair salon. Despite her disenchantment with American politics, the socialite appeared upbeat as she took a stroll in the Californian sunshine.
Rihanna teases she'll 'soon' release a new song... five years after dropping her last album Anti
       
On Wednesday, nine-time Grammy winner Rihanna teased her 'Navy' legion of fans that she'll 'soon' release a new song. 'Grateful to the most High for putting die hard supporters in my circle,' Riri - who boasts 330.1M social media followers - wrote of her eighth studio album Anti. When Instagram user @scxwithari urged her to 'celebrate by releasing a song,' Rihanna replied: 'I think I should soon. It was the first update the Fenty Beauty CEO has given about her long-delayed ninth studio album, R9, in months. Congrats to everyone that contributed to this era, thank you team'When Instagram user @scxwithari urged her to 'celebrate by releasing a song,' Rihanna replied: 'I think I should soon.
Joe Biden brings in soccer star Megan Rapinoe to mark Equal Pay Day
       
Soccer stars Megan Rapinoe and Margaret Purce joined President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden to mark Equal Pay Day at the White House complex. And we know what it's like to be in a full stadium, thousands and thousands of people who chant together all at once at our moment of greatest triumph: "Equal pay, equal pay,"' she continued. Back then Equal Pay Day was held in April, this year the end of March. 'This year Equal Pay Day falls in late March, which is a little bit better but not much - from late April to late March - and frankly, we shouldn't be satisfied until Equal Pay Day is no longer necessary,' Biden said, calling it 'wrong.' Rapinoe and Purce stopped by the White House briefing room on Wednesday ahead of an Equal Pay Day event with the Bidens.
In a new series, TCM takes a look at ‘problematic’ classics
       
Loving classic films can be a fraught pastime. ET with none other than “Gone With the Wind.”“We know millions of people love these films,” said TCM host Jacqueline Stewart, who is participating in many of the conversations. Advertisement“I grew up in a family of people who loved classic films. The classic film podcast “ You Must Remember This ” has an excellent series about the controversial movie and how it came to be. And Stewart, for her part, doesn’t believe that you can simply remove problematic films from the culture.
World Changing Ideas: Raising the Minimum Wage
       
Video How PayPal is actually closing the racial wealth gap Black-owned businesses have been some of the worst hit by the pandemic. Now, PayPal is putting its money where its mouth is. In June 2020, in response to the Black Lives Matter protests, the company announced a $535 million commitment to to support minority-owned businesses in the fight against economic inequality. PayPal CEO Dan Schulman and EVP of global sales Peggy Alford join host Chris Denson to discuss why this needs to be a movement and not just a moment.
Real World New York's Kevin Powell on reunion, watch first three minutes
       
None of us knew what to expect because it was almost 30 years ago — are people really going to really be into this? [Laughs] And people are like, I'm going to sign up and get the screaming channel. Doing things like Black Lives Matter, people are like, Yo, what you guys talked about in your season, that's what I was thinking about." When Heather and Julie call each other sisters, they mean that; that's serious, that's real for us. That's real to us.
David Shor’s (Updated) 2020 Autopsy and 2022 Forecast
       
Do you have any sense what was behind the large rightward shift among Hispanic voters? In the summer, following the emergence of “defund the police” as a nationally salient issue, support for Biden among Hispanic voters declined. I’m not claiming that white liberals are somehow less racist than people of color, to the extent that question even makes sense. I mean, Hispanic voters are more liberal on immigration than white voters. If you look at, for example, decriminalizing border crossings, that’s not something that a majority of Hispanic voters support.
‘The Real World’ Co-Creator Jonathan Murray on the New York ‘Homecoming’
       
Seven years ago, Rolling Stone interviewed Real World co-creator Jonathan Murray about the newest season of the groundbreaking MTV reality show. With The Real World coming up on that 30-year milestone, the network became an obvious home for The Real World Homecoming: New York, which premieres with the launch of Paramount+ on March 4th. Watch The Real World: Homecoming with free trial to Paramount+ hereWe caught up with Murray again to talk about the birth of The Real World back in 1992, how it laid the template for all reality TV that followed, what fans can expect from this new season, and the possibility of other classic Real World seasons getting the same Homecoming treatment in the future. That’s pretty young for The Real World, but I had an older sister and she controlled the remote. This kind of programming, particularly those early seasons of The Real World, we would jump in and out of scenes.
ACLU lawyers: H.R. 1 has serious flaws that could hurt our democracy - The Washington Post
       
That means an ad criticizing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) for supporting immigration reform or criticizing Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) for opposing the Equality Act could trigger disclosure of donors that gave $10,000 or more. Exposure to threats of harassment or violence for nonprofit donors is not the only First Amendment problem with the bill. What is the purpose of inhibiting such people from participating in political speech to advance policies that directly affect their lives? 1 can easily be fixed to protect against these infringements on political speech.
QAnon and conspiracy theories are taking hold in churches. Pastors are fighting back
       
Signers of letter, called "Say No To Christian Nationalism," included Jerushah Duford, the granddaughter of the late Rev. "We've seen that those who embrace Christian nationalism are also more likely to believe in conspiracies." For some pastors, church climates in the last year have become too much to bear. Swieringa recently got a new part-time job pastoring at Kibbie Christian Reformed Church in South Haven, Mich., where masks are mandatory. But he noticed that the concerns about sex trafficking were more specific to a QAnon belief in "Democrat pedophilia."
Golden Globes fallout: HFPA members voted not to hire a diversity consultant last summer
       
HFPA members ultimately voted against bringing Jackson on board, with some members saying they wanted to review other candidates. of Black Journalists on Wednesday said it had agreed to meet with the HFPA and work on a plan to bring more Black journalists into the organization. “Black journalists matter, whether in the United States or around the world,” said NABJ President Dorothy Tucker in statement. “To me it was taking a job at the worst place in the world even though it was a job for good.”AdvertisementIn recent days, HFPA members have offered a variety of explanations as to the absence of Black members. Theo Kingma, a former HFPA president, previously told The Times that Ofole-Prince didn’t fulfill the requirements established by the MPA.
Assemblywoman Sydney Kamlager declares victory in state Senate seat race
       
Assemblywoman Sydney Kamlager declared victory Wednesday in the race for the 30th Senate District seat, which stretches from Century City to South L.A., after amassing a large early lead in the vote count against six other candidates. “Woke up this morning to the next chapter ... and I’m ready,” Kamlager said in a Facebook post on her personal page. Before assuming office in the Assembly in 2018, Kamlager was an elected member of the L.A. Community College District Board of Trustees. Kamlager will be the only Black woman in the state Senate. Having a Black woman — a working mother — in the state Senate is critically important for perspective in the fight for recovery, justice and equity.”Times staff writer Melanie Mason and City News Service contributed to this report.
Why we publish editorials: An independent voice for Wisconsin helps hold the powerful to account
       
RELATED:Meet the Editorial Board of the USA TODAY NETWORK-WisconsinIn each case, we published editorials to promote discussion, encourage sound public policies and hold powerful politicians to account. We have no set schedule but write editorials as issues arise. The Ideas Lab is where we showcase our editorials, solutions-focused stories, and expert commentary and analysis on public policy. The Ideas Lab also publishes stories that offer additional context and insight to the news of the day. As always, if you have any questions about our editorials, the Ideas Lab — or anything else — please get in touch.
Alicia Garza on the Problem of Celebrity in Social Movements
       
Technology and the rise of social media have made that question even more complex, shifting our understanding of leadership — and the responsibilities of a leader. A platform in King’s day might have been a church congregation, whereas today a platform could be a social media page. Every actor within a social movement has a role to play and contributions to offer that at some point should be recognized. Black Lives Matter started as a hashtag and then grew into a series of social media pages that connected people online. It doesn’t matter how many people follow me on social media if I am not moving them to do something amazing together offline.
Placing the Proud Boys on Canada’s Terrorism List Is a Threat to the Left
       
Civil Liberties Matter Following 9/11, the extensive exploitation of relaxed civil liberties was used as a pretext to engage in egregious human rights abuses. Because of a street-fighting division of the Proud Boys, nuance is required in parsing the case of the organization. Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes, getting a kick out of Chapman’s actions, invited Chapman to join the club. Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio claims that Chapman left in 2017 to form “his own thing.” He applied to rejoin in October 2020 but was rejected. What is very clear is that even if McInnes and his Proud Boys say they weren’t initially interested in the alt-right or street fighting, the street-fighting alt-right were very much interested in the Proud Boys.
I’m a Military Spouse. The Capitol Attack Reminded Me of a War Zone.
       
“Are you okay?” asked a friend and military spouse in the voicemail she left for me on the afternoon the mob of Trump supporters breached the Capitol so violently. I listened to concerns that the far-right nationalist attack on the Capitol would, sooner or later, inspire violence against their own families. The Isolation of Military ServiceThere are about 2 million Americans who serve in the US military and 2.6 million more who are military spouses and dependents. Military spouses also care for children in mourning, temporarily or in some cases permanently, over the loss of a parent. And the military that’s been fighting those hopeless, bloody wars in distant lands for so long is on edge, too.
Meet the Talented Black Designers Who Made History at Milan Fashion Week
       
Last February, when Milan Fashion Week purveyor Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana partnered with Tamu McPherson to spotlight Italian creatives of color, Stella Jean — then the only Black designer featured on the calendar — pulled back from showing her collection. Widely recognized in fashion circles as Giorgio Armani's protegé, Jean, who is Haitian-Italian, has been the only Black member of Camera della Moda since being inducted back in 2016. Last summer, she continued to flex her activism muscles by joining forces with Milan-based designer Edward Buchanan and Afro Fashion Week founder Michelle Ngomo to form the Black Lives Matter in Italy Fashion Collective. And this Milan Fashion Week, the powerful group made history with a stellar design showcase in partnership with Camera della Moda: five made-in-Italy labels with BIPOC founders, cleverly dubbed "The Fab Five Bridge Builders." Ahead, find out more about the five incredible designers who are sure to make waves in the fashion scene.
TCM examines ‘problematic’ film classics in new series
       
Loving classic films can be a fraught pastime. Everett CollectionStewart, a University of Chicago professor who in 2019 became the channel’s first African American host, has spent her career studying classic films, particularly those in the silent era, and Black audiences. “I grew up in a family of people who loved classic films. The classic film podcast “ You Must Remember This” has an excellent series about the controversial movie and how it came to be. TCM’s “Reframed Classics” will take a look at Fred Astaire’s blackface routine in “Swing Time.” Courtesy Everett CollectionThe goal of “Reframed Classics” is to help give audiences the tools to discuss films from a different era and not just dismiss or cancel them.
D.C. Guard Chief Says It Took Over 3 Hours For Approval To Deploy National Guard On Jan. 6
       
Pentagon officials did not answer a request to deploy troops during the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 for more than three hours, the commanding general of the D.C. National Guard testified Wednesday. Maj. Gen. William Walker said the head of the Capitol Police asked for help during the insurrection, and that senior Pentagon officials did not approve deploying the National Guard until three hours and 19 minutes later. “Immediately after the 1:49 p.m. call with Chief Sund, I alerted the Army Senior Leadership of the request,” Walker said. (Photo: Greg Nash/Pool/AP)Sund, who resigned after facing calls to step down following the deadly attack, also blamed the Pentagon for being slow to deploy the National Guard in his own testimony last week. He said he had asked House and Senate security officials for permission to request that the D.C. National Guard be placed on standby days before the insurrection, but was turned down.
Las Vegas police retirements up 37% in 2020
       
(Ellen Schmidt/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @ellenkschmidtttSteve Grammas is the president of Las Vegas Police Protective Association. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @bizutesfayePolice officers mobilize in downtown Las Vegas on June 3, 2020, after the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody. (Benjamin Hager/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @benjaminhphotoA Las Vegas police officer shouts at a protester to back up as tension between police and demonstrators heightens on May 29, 2020 on the Las Vegas Strip. (Benjamin Hager/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @benjaminhphotoA Las Vegas police officer is struck on the shoulder by a water bottle during clashes with protesters from a Black Lives Matter march dedicated to George Floyd on Saturday, May 30, 2020 in Las Vegas. Baskow/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @Left_Eye_ImagesLas Vegas Metro Police are seen patrolling near the Bellagio hotel and casino fountains on the Las Vegas Strip, on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020.
New TCM series takes a look at ‘problematic’ film classics like ‘Gone with the Wind’
       
Loving classic films can be a fraught pastime. This summer, amid the Black Lives Matter protests, the channel’s programmers and hosts decided to do something about it. “I grew up in a family of people who loved classic films. The classic film podcast “You Must Remember This ” has an excellent series about the controversial movie and how it came to be. And Stewart, for her part, doesn’t believe that you can simply remove problematic films from the culture.
Will Smith says he's been called the 'N-word' a handful of times but never by a 'smart person'
       
Will Smith spoke about his experiences with racism in a new podcast interview, revealing that despite being a Hollywood actor he was not immune from targeted aggression. The 52-year-old Men In Black star shared on Pod Save America Monday that he has been called 'the N-word' a handful of times in his life, but had always equated it with levels of intelligence. 'I've been called the N-word to my face probably five or six times. Fortunately for my psyche I've never been called N-word by a smart person,' he shared, before elaborating that he has found that 'less true' as he has gotten older. When it comes to his career in Hollywood, Smith has spoken in the past about not letting racism get 'power' over him.
Max Burns Golden Trump statue at CPAC implies he's king of the GOP. But his position isn't secure.
       
The fracturing MAGA base is big trouble for the former president — and an opportunity for Trump proteges like Florida Gov. And while CPAC attendees may represent an extreme fringe of the GOP, that fringe tracks with the broader party mood. And Trump’s declining popularity indicates that what Republican voters find unpalatable is Trump himself. With the votes to pass any legislation they want, DeSantis and Florida Republicans can credibly claim to be a more effective, less distracting version of Trump. Trump will remain a vengeful voice within the GOP even if he forgos a third campaign for the White House.
Kentucky Sheriff Uses Front-End Loader to Carry Trapped Motorist Out of Floodwater
       
Pearson, which owns the exam board Edexcel and is one of the UK’s largest education publishers, has drawn up its first ever in-depth guidelines on race and ethnicity. The company said its new editorial guidelines - which will be sent to all authors and editors - will help to “fight systematic racism in education”. “Pearson has recently remediated instances of biased terminology and imagery in courseware based on student feedback,” a spokesman said. Under its new race and ethnicity guidelines, authors are told to “proactively” include more examples of people from minority ethnicities as “positive role models”. For example, textbooks should not have black male students engaging in sports or south Asian female students choosing academic pursuits.
Op-Ed: What the world got wrong about Rodney King
       
He was called Glen by family and friends, and that’s what I called him too, for Rodney Glen King was, indeed, a friend of mine. Thirty years ago, on March 3, 1991, Glen King went out drinking and driving with pals until a patrol car spotted his car speeding on the freeway and gave chase. By comparison, the Rodney King uprising of 1992 cost 63 lives and 2,383 injuries. The Rodney King I knew had been slowed by brain damage, and yet I never met a kinder, more forgiving and genuinely funny guy. Dennis McDougal, a former staff writer at the Los Angeles Times, is author of 14 books and co-producer of an upcoming documentary on the life of Rodney King.
Las Vegas police retirements up 36% in 2020
       
(Ellen Schmidt/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @ellenkschmidtttSteve Grammas is the president of Las Vegas Police Protective Association. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @bizutesfayePolice officers mobilize in downtown Las Vegas on June 3, 2020, after the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody. (Benjamin Hager/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @benjaminhphotoA Las Vegas police officer shouts at a protester to back up as tension between police and demonstrators heightens on May 29, 2020 on the Las Vegas Strip. (Benjamin Hager/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @benjaminhphotoA Las Vegas police officer is struck on the shoulder by a water bottle during clashes with protesters from a Black Lives Matter march dedicated to George Floyd on Saturday, May 30, 2020 in Las Vegas. Baskow/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @Left_Eye_ImagesLas Vegas Metro Police are seen patrolling near the Bellagio hotel and casino fountains on the Las Vegas Strip, on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020.
In a new series, TCM takes a look at ‘problematic’ classics
       
Loving classic films can be a fraught pastime. Just consider the cultural firestorm over “Gone With the Wind” this past summer. This summer, amid the Black Lives Matter protests, the channel’s programmers and hosts decided to do something about it. ET with none other than “Gone With the Wind.”“We know millions of people love these films,” said TCM host Jacqueline Stewart, who is participating in many of the conversations. She knows first-hand the tension of loving films that also contain racial stereotypes.
Disgusted parents say schools are bombarding their kids with anti-racist agendas
       
In interviews with DailyMail.com, parents say they've been overwhelmed by education reformers seeking to impose anti-racist agendas on America's schools. Parents say they've been overwhelmed by education reformers seeking to impose anti-racist agendas on America's schools. 'Why are we constantly focused on race, race, race, color, color, color,' she said. 'Black History Month is in February, but it hasn't even been brought up at any of our schools,' the mom told DailyMail.com. 'We've received threats and been bombarded by hate mail, people calling us 'coons' and saying, 'Die n*****,' Roberto German told DailyMail.com.
Frustration is growing over the obstacles Biden's nominees of color are facing
       
But now the slow and contentious process of getting some of his top picks confirmed is leading progressive groups to question whether his nominees of color are facing a higher level of scrutiny than White male nominees of past administrations. But there is a growing sense of frustration about the obstacles that some of these nominees are facing. As women, we're exhausted by this, and as women of color, we see this consistently." attorney general, is being Two women of color whom Biden has nominated for top posts at the Justice Department are also facing intense scrutiny. 'It just smacks of a different standard'Advocates say these nominees are facing heightened scrutiny.
Morning Digest: Rhode Island has a new governor, but a hard fight looms if he wants to say in office
       
McKee, though, came close to losing renomination in 2018 to progressive state Rep. Aaron Regunberg. There has also been speculation that state House Minority Leader Blake Filippi could also campaign for governor. ? LA-02: Both Democratic state senators competing in the March 20 all-party primary for this safely blue seat received a notable endorsement over the last few days. Mayors? Hialeah, FL Mayor: Republican Mayor Carlos Hernandez is termed-out this year as leader of Hialeah, a longtime GOP bastion that's home to the highest proportion of Cuban Americans in the country, and a familiar name is running to succeed him. ? Minneapolis, MN Mayor: Former state Rep. Kate Knuth announced Tuesday that she would challenge her fellow Democrat, Mayor Jacob Frey, in the November instant-runoff election.
House Rejects Cori Bush’s Amendment on Voting Rights for Incarcerated People
       
For Bush and other proponents of voter enfranchisement, restoring voting rights for incarcerated people is crucial to confronting the nation’s legacy of racist voter suppression. 1 would restore voting rights for people with felony convictions after they have served their sentences. A vote on the amendment split the House Democratic caucus between its moderate and progressive wings, with 119 Democrats voting against the amendment and 97 supporting voting rights. In a tweet after the vote, Bush vowed to continue the fight for universal voting rights. Across the country, grassroots activists are working to restore voting rights for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people, and they have already had some success in states such as Florida and Louisiana.
$20 million lawsuit filed against Catholic high school over 'blackface photo'
       
The incident took place in August 2017 prior to the boys starting school that fall at St. Francis. "Believing themselves to look 'silly' in the masks, A.H. and Minor III took a time-stamped photograph of themselves in the masks," the lawsuit states. Pupils from St. Francis High School in Mountainview, Calif. The image sparked outrage from other St. Francis students and parents and prompted the school's president, Jason Curtis, to publicly condemn it. St. Francis and Curtis did not respond to a request for comment on Wednesday.
In a new series, TCM takes a look at ‘problematic’ classics
       
FILE - This April 11, 2019 file photo shows Jacqueline Stewart at the 2019 TCM Classic Film Festival - Opening Night Gala for "When Harry Met Sally" in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)FILE - This April 11, 2019 file photo shows Jacqueline Stewart at the 2019 TCM Classic Film Festival - Opening Night Gala for "When Harry Met Sally" in Los Angeles. Turner Classic Movies is launching a new series, “Reframed Classics,” which promises wide-ranging discussions about 18 culturally significant films from the 1920s through the 1960s. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)Loving classic films can be a fraught pastime. The classic film podcast “ You Must Remember This ” has an excellent series about the controversial movie and how it came to be.
3rd man accuses a Chicago activist priest of sexual abuse
       
Rodney King in Los Angeles, 2012. “Since Rodney King, LAPD has just gotten slicker. Flames roar from a Thrifty Drug store in the Crenshaw area of Los Angeles on 29 April 1992. Smoke rises from a shopping center burned by rioters in Los Angeles on 30 April 1992. Recent data has repeatedly shown that LAPD officers stop and search Black and Latino residents at significantly higher rates than white residents.
Capitol Police warns of attack by "an identified militia group" on March 4
       
But the leak also demonstrates how the radical group has recruited from a broad swath of Americans, not just military and law enforcement. There has been a particular focus on the militia movement after the 6 January attack on the Capitol in Washington DC, in which a rampaging pro-Trump mob included militia members and others from far-right organizations. He joined the breached AP3% website with thesales email address of the group’s merchandise website. Dr Balog was another AP3% member who responded to requests for comment on the website leak. Jennifer Delane Hinson, a dental assistant in Pontotoc, Mississippi, was also a member of the AP3% Facebook group, along with groups like the “Mississippi Minute Man Militia” and “III% Militia national Contingency”, all under the alias, Jenny Plunk.
Point of View: Leonard Pitts Jr.: Black history is America’s history. It will not be erased — no matter how hard America tries
       
Things — obvious things — happen, but they don’t know why, because they have not been taught. As Black History Month draws to a close, we are met with a spate of headlines distressing and depressing in their tiresome familiarity. In Utah, a school allows students to opt out of lessons on African American history; the option is rescinded after a national backlash. In New Jersey, Rutgers University is investigating racist intrusions into Zoom events related to Black History Month. In Tennessee, a principal chooses as a theme for Black History Month the slogan, “All Lives Matter;” the principal, an African American woman(!
Black Lives Matter opens up about its finances
       
NEW YORK — The foundation widely seen as a steward of the Black Lives Matter movement says it took in just over $90 million last year, according to a financial snapshot shared exclusively with The Associated Press. The Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation is now building infrastructure to catch up to the speed of its funding and plans to use its endowment to become known for more than protests after Black Americans die at the hands of police or vigilantes. “We want to uplift Black joy and liberation, not just Black death. We want to see Black communities thriving, not just surviving,” reads an impact report the foundation shared with the AP before releasing it. This marks the first time in the movement’s nearly eight-year history that BLM leaders have revealed a detailed look at their finances.
Half of SEC basketball teams are coached by Black women: 'It looks like what it's supposed to look like'
       
When Kentucky named Kyra Elzy its women's basketball coach in December, she knew there would be big expectations. Elzy became the seventh Black woman leading an SEC women's basketball program for the 2020-21 season. "There have been so many Black coaches to lead the way in order for me to be given this opportunity." The other Black coaches in the SEC are at Auburn, Georgia, LSU, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and South Carolina or half the league. "The NCAA women's basketball has been comprised of a lot of older white women and some men," Staley said.
Three decades after beating of Rodney King - his daughter is still fighting for real change
       
She is now aged 37, but King says the assault upon her father, Rodney, feels like it happened just five years ago. Please enter your email address Please enter a valid email address Please enter a valid email address SIGN UP Thanks for signing up to the News newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice Thanks for signing up to the News newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. That will be so amazing, but it’s up in the air, you never know.”King is one of three daughters Rodney King had with different women. Her organisation works with many of the poorer communities of Los Angeles and elsewhere.
Michelle Obama discusses racism while plugging new book
       
Despite being asked about racism and the Black Lives Matter movement by anchor Robin Roberts, neither woman made reference to the controversy surrounding the ban on several of Dr. Seuss' books. Dr. Seuss Enterprises, the company that preserves and protects the author's legacy, made the announcement on Tuesday, which coincided with the late author and illustrator's birthday. Biden broke presidential tradition when he left out any mention of Dr. Seuss during his proclamation on Monday; both Michelle's husband Barack and Donald Trump recognized Dr. Seuss' contributions several times in their annual proclamations during their respective presidencies. Michelle also has a close personal connection to Dr. Seuss, having read many of the authors books to children during her time as First Lady, from 2008 to 2016. Seuss ok when Michelle Obama read it to children but now has racist undertones when our First Lady donates books?'
What happened to George Floyd, whose alleged killer goes on trial next week
       
The clerk asked him to return the cigarettes, but Mr Floyd refused, and seemed “drunk and not in control of himself,” according to 911 logs. Four officers — Mr Chauvin, plus Tou Thao , and new recruits Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng — arrived at the scene. Police said they found Mr Floyd sitting on his car, where he appeared intoxicated and resisted arrest. He and Mr Chauvin may have actually crossed paths before, when Mr Floyd was working as a bouncer inside the El Nuevo Rodeo night club, and Mr Chauvin was working outside as the club’s off-duty police officer. Read MoreMinneapolis cancels plan to hire social media influencers to spin George Floyd murder trialGeorge Floyd kin joins protest anthem album projectFederal grand jury hearing evidence in death of George Floyd
Michelle Obama discusses racism while plugging new book
       
Dr. Seuss Enterprises, the company that preserves and protects the author's legacy, made the announcement on Tuesday, which coincided with the late author and illustrator's birthday. Biden broke presidential tradition when he left out any mention of Dr. Seuss during his proclamation on Monday. Both Michelle's husband Barack and Donald Trump recognized Dr. Seuss' contributions several times in their annual proclamations during their respective presidencies. Michelle also has a close personal connection to Dr. Seuss, having read many of the authors books to children during her time as First Lady, from 2008 to 2016. Michelle also shared how she is teaching her own daughters to use 'the power of their voices' in her first interview since Joe Biden's inauguration.
'Exit Counselors' Strain To Pull Americans Out Of A Web Of False Conspiracies
       
Queen is among an alarming number of Americans responding to a recent Ipsos poll, who mistook several false conspiracy theories for truth. More commonly referred to as "exit counselors" or "de-radicalizers," they help people caught up in cultic ideologies to reconnect with reality. One click led to another, and he wound up deep into dark conspiracies and hate speech dressed up as dogma. That's right!" "That's right," agrees Queen.
We need more people of colour in the outdoors – its healing power is undisputed
       
However, it wasn’t until the Race Relations Act in the late 1960s that discrimination in advertising, employment and housing was made unlawful. I grew up in the 70s where racism was mainstream, when primetime BBC ‘entertainment’ included white people in ‘black face’ doing silly dances. Some other immigrant groups see the outdoors as a step backward, a throwback to the rural poverty of their forefathers. People who have historically stayed close to home are discovering the joy of the outdoors and are looking for more. However, being a beginner is intimidating, exacerbated if you are a different colour to everyone in an environment that is totally alien.
Spate of awards-season films track FBI tactics against Black activists
       
Billie Holiday? By the time jazz singer Billie Holiday made her mark in the late ‘30s, singing the haunting lynching lament “Strange Fruit,” such investigations were commonplace. Andra Day as Billie Holiday in “The United States vs. Billie Holiday.” (Photo Credit: Takashi Seida)As Holiday lay dying of cirrhosis, Anslinger had her set up for drugs one more time. “Even in high school, he demonstrated a real ability to unify and organize across races,” says “Black Messiah” director Shaka King. Martin Luther King in a scene from Sam Pollard’s “MLK/FBI.” (IFC Films)King, more than anyone else, fit Hoover’s fear of a Black messiah.
Enough is enough: Lafayette officials want action over Trump bridge protests
       
“I don’t care what the protesters are protesting,” Mayor Susan Candell told the council on Feb. 22. The council asked city officials to bring back a report on the feasibility of painting curbs red near the overpass to prevent demonstrators from parking nearby. Some nearby residents say the current demonstrators, who are questioning the results of the presidential election, are intimidating. “I have felt threatened and have never felt safe,” Amy Norstad told the council. “We believe in safety.”Starting in November, because of the increased calls for service, Lafayette police regularly post one to two officers in the area of the overpass during the protests.
Kentuckians understand racism is real. Rand Paul should too
       
Charles BookerOpinion contributorLast week, Sen. Rand Paul tried to do what he does best: manufacture controversy and create cultural grievance to divide Kentuckians against each other. The piece expressed support for ending no-knock raids, but suggested that any mention of institutionalized or systemic racism was a lie. I want to respond to the specific argument first: no-knock raids should be banned, but not because race isn’t a factor. Kentuckians understand that what happened to Breonna Taylor wasn’t right. Related story:Kentucky Senate passes ban on many, but not all, no-knock warrantsBut not Rand Paul, who blocked the Emmett Till anti-lynching legislation.
David Shor’s (Updated) 2020 Autopsy and 2022 Forecast
       
Do you have any sense what was behind the large rightward shift among Hispanic voters? In the summer, following the emergence of “defund the police” as a nationally salient issue, support for Biden among Hispanic voters declined. I mean, Hispanic voters are more liberal on immigration than white voters. If you look at, for example, decriminalizing border crossings, that’s not something that a majority of Hispanic voters support. If these college-educated were primarily rejecting Donald Trump, Democrats might not be able to count on their support in 2022 and beyond.
What's popular on Facebook? Extreme far right political views and lies, study says
       
Far-right sources of news and information that spread misinformation have even higher engagement than far-right sources overall, generating on average 65% more engagement per follower, according to the study. Facebook says the NYU study mostly examines how people engage with certain types of content, not how many people actually see it on the platform. But the report echoes findings from other researchers that far-right content resonates with Facebook users, in large part because it elicits strong reactions. The top 5 far-right news and information sources included in the NYU study were Dan Bongino, Newsmax, Breitbart, TruthFeed, and Trending Politics. Engagement with posts from far-right and far-left news sources peaked around Election Day and again on Jan. 6 when a pro-Trump mob stormed the U.S. Capitol, the study report found.
TikTok empowered these plus-sized women, then took down some of their posts. They still don't know why
       
It made her rethink the content she posts, which can be a difficult tradeoff since her mission is body positivity. Scrolling through videos on TikTok, the short-form video app especially popular among teens and 20-somethings, there's no shortage of scantily clad women and sexually suggestive content. Adding to their confusion is the fact that even after appealing to the company, the videos don't always get reinstated. And like many other social networks, TikTok also uses AI to help humans sift through large numbers of posts and remove objectionable content. The company statement followed a report alleging the platform took action on posts from users who were overweight, among others.
QAnon and conspiracy theories are taking hold in churches. Pastors are fighting back.
       
“You have been with my family and in my home and I care for you but you are dabbling in darkness. Details emerging from investigations into hundreds of Capitol rioters have cast an unsettling light on the toxic roles that fringe religious beliefs and QAnon conspiracy theories have played in shaking big and small churches across the nation. “We’ve seen that those who embrace Christian nationalism are also more likely to believe in conspiracies.”In interviews, pastors said houses of worship were particularly susceptible. The Sunday after the Capitol attacks, he spoke in church about the parable of the good Samaritan from Luke 10:25-37. For some pastors, church climates in the last year have become too much to bear.
NBA stars rally around LeBron James following Zlatan Ibrahimovic's swipe at the LA Lakers star
       
The world of basketball has rallied around LeBron James after he was criticised by Zlatan Ibrahimovic over his social activism. And those within his sport have come to his defence too, following the Swede's attack. Enes Kanter has defended LeBron James and has spoken on the difference between political opinions and fighting injustice'Black Lives Matter is not a political statement, we are speaking against oppression. In a Twitter post he wrote: 'Zlatan stay yo a** out of LA. Meanwhile, another former star, Jeremy Lin, pointed to the hypocrisy within the world outside of sport when it comes to engagement with professional athletes.
Arizona's Rep. Paul Gosar: GOP's leading ambassador to white supremacy
       
Advertisement:Fuentes went on to mock Gosar's Republican colleagues and made fun of Rep. Madison Cawthorn, R-N.C., for using a wheelchair. Walsh noted that just two years ago the Republican Party stripped King of his committee assignments after he questioned why the term "white supremacy "was deemed offensive. "We had Congressman Paul Gosar come to a meeting, he is the elected representative here in Northern Arizona," Arroyo said. Walsh predicted that despite calls for Gosar to be punished, the Republican Party will stay silent because of the effect Trump has had on the party over the last five years. Trump makes signals to a lot of these white supremacists and white nationalists.
State Rep. Sharon Har faces drunken driving penalties she helped write
       
The other driver was not allowed to be driving and faced a third drunken driving case for the crash. It appears from court records that her February arrest was Har’s first for suspicion of drunken driving. … Seeing what Representative Har has gone through and realizing what Representative Har could have caused has reached many people. In reports from multiple HPD officers, Har made no mention of using any medication. At one point, officer Dan Ting wrote, “HAR began to scream, yelling ‘owe’ and that officers were hurting her.
Lawmakers to question FBI, defense officials as they probe failures precipitating Capitol riot
       
ADAD“An online thread discussed specific calls for violence to include stating ‘Be ready to fight. Congress needs to hear glass breaking, doors being kicked in, and blood from their BLM and Pantifa slave soldiers being spilled,’ ” the report stated. NOTHING else will achieve this goal.’ ”BLM is a common reference to the Black Lives Matter movement for racial justice. The hearing Wednesday will allow lawmakers to press the FBI about the intelligence that the agency gathered, as well as military and homeland security officials about their response to the possible threat. In addition to congressional inquiries, the inspectors general of several federal agencies are investigating officials’ response.
Did Record Gun Sales Cause A Spike In Gun Crime? Researchers Say It's Complicated
       
Did Record Gun Sales Cause A Spike In Gun Crime? By the end of the year, at least 20 million guns were sold legally, up from about 12.4 million in 2019. "Black gun ownership is way up, Asian gun ownership is way up, Hispanic gun ownership is way up," says Cam Edwards, the editor of BearingArms.com. For some, this "democratization" of gun sales is a matter of exercising a civil right. But the spike may not be over: Initial background-check statistics suggest gun sales have continued at near-record levels into January and February of 2021.
Letters to the editor
       
He repeatedly pressed Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein in 2010 over his firm’s role in the mortgage securities business, fully expecting to frame Blankfein as a villain. No one told Levin that the clients were fully aware of Goldman’s multiple roles in packaging these securities. It is fairly obvious that when the money was to be distributed, that BLM did not really matter to our state leaders, unless of course it was for a photo op. People need to take note and see how we are lied to on a daily basis from our state leaders and yet we still elect these same people to office. Ongoing attendance restrictions continue to threaten many racetracks along with other entertainment venues, which provide jobs and are integral to communities.
US militia group draws members from military and police, website leak shows
       
Sign up for the Guardian's First Thing newsletterA Guardian investigation of a website leak from the American Patriots Three Percent shows the anti-government militia group have recruited a network across the United States that includes current and former military members, police and border patrol agents. But the leak also demonstrates how the radical group has recruited from a broad swath of Americans, not just military and law enforcement. There has been a particular focus on the militia movement after the 6 January attack on the Capitol in Washington DC, in which a rampaging pro-Trump mob included militia members and others from far-right organizations. Many of the members revealed by the leak have extensive armed forces experience, including some who are still serving in branches of the US military. Dr Balog was another AP3% member who responded to requests for comment on the website leak.
Opinion: What's happening in Texas and Mississippi has to stop
       
(CNN) The historic winter storm that crippled Texas during the third week of February spotlighted the Lone Star State's pervasive history of structural racism. The storm's aftershocks continue to be felt in parts of Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Mississippi where many Black and brown residents continue to lack power, clean drinking water and shelter. The conservative free-market ideology that led to the deregulation of Texas utilities has been catastrophic on racially segregated and economically impoverished communities. Abbott's false claims that the winter storm "showed how the Green New Deal would be a deadly deal" for America reflects the Orwellian nature of American politics. The failure of political leadership and moral imagination of the Texas governor is boundless.
What School Didn't Teach You About the Black Panthers
       
And to understand that [the Black Panthers] were about much more than the berets that they sported and the guns that they carried. They were about building a society that supports human dignity.”In the last year, the Black Panthers’ health programs have only become more relevant. The Black Panthers didn’t think the programs did enough to help the poor, with some members even doubting if equal access to quality healthcare could exist in a capitalist society. Additionally, many contemporary physicians share the same concerns addressed by the Black Panthers’ clinics. She has seen firsthand the implicit bias in healthcare settings that the Black Panthers were trying to combat 50 years ago.
Drop Everything, Dolly Parton Got the Vaccine
       
Crowds wept, rain fell, and the sun shone, all because today, the one and only Dolly Rebecca Parton got her COVID-19 vaccine. On Twitter, Parton’s official account shared that, “Dolly gets a dose of her own medicine,” confirming her preference for the Moderna vaccine that she helped to fund. Dolly wore seemingly the perfect outfit to get the vaccine — a navy, glittery cold-shoulder top, matching mask, necklace and a smokey eye to boot. Dolly gets a dose of her own medicine. @VUMChealth pic.twitter.com/JMPQb6zJWd — Dolly Parton (@DollyParton) March 2, 2021It’s been a huge year for Dolly, what with reading goodnight stories to children during the pandemic and saving the life of her child co-star on the set of her Netflix movie Christmas on the Square.
Lakers' Marc Gasol out against Phoenix because of health and safety protocols
       
Rodney King in Los Angeles, 2012. “Since Rodney King, LAPD has just gotten slicker. Flames roar from a Thrifty Drug store in the Crenshaw area of Los Angeles on 29 April 1992. Smoke rises from a shopping center burned by rioters in Los Angeles on 30 April 1992. Recent data has repeatedly shown that LAPD officers stop and search Black and Latino residents at significantly higher rates than white residents.
Rodney King: 30 years after brutal beating, activists say LAPD 'still corrupt and violent'
       
Rodney King in Los Angeles, 2012. “Since Rodney King, LAPD has just gotten slicker. ‘The whole world watched’On 3 March 1991, just after midnight, 25-year-old Rodney King was pulled over, and four white LAPD officers brutally kicked and beat him on the pavement. Flames roar from a Thrifty Drug store in the Crenshaw area of Los Angeles on 29 April 1992. Smoke rises from a shopping center burned by rioters in Los Angeles on 30 April 1992.
'Protests matter': Cities where BLM activists march see about 20% drop in cop killings
       
Founded in 2013, the Black Lives Matter movement took shape in response to the acquittal of a Florida man accused of murdering a Black child. So fed up with the cycle of abusive and deadly policing, Black Lives Matter made its initial call on May 30 to defund the police and instead invest in “education, mental health, and non-carceral and non-punitive community-led systems and programs,” the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation said in its 2020 impact report. Governments, organizations, and businesses throughout the country have made statements of support and initiated plans to better support and respond to the needs of Black communities. Aislinn Pulley, a co-founder of Black Lives Matter Chicago, told Scientific American an especially important result of the movement is the push to collect better data on police killings. “We should use that knowledge to know that the work we’re engaged in—the movement, the advocacy, the organizing—is what we need,” Pulley told Scientific American.
The apprentice
       
The foundation for Hawley’s political career was laid early. Like Trump, Hawley’s economic populism is selective. But Hawley does not want the Republican Party to be the party of Uber, at least; he wants to bring Silicon Valley to heel. “You have to go back a century to find a set of corporations that exert as much power,” Hawley said in 2019. They’ve concentrated so much party power in the hands of one man, and now, to put it in terms an economic populist might understand, Trumpism may be too big to fail.
Capitol riot was act of terrorism – FBI director
       
Tear gas is released into a crowd of protesters during the January 6 attack on the US Capitol, Washington. Photo: Reuters/Shannon StapletonFBI Director Chris Wray yesterday accused supporters of Donald Trump, who carried out a deadly January 6 attack on the US Capitol, of domestic terrorism. “I was appalled that you, our country’s elected leaders, were victimised right here in these very halls,” Mr Wray testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Mr Wray also stated his belief that violent extremists, motivated by racial and anti-government ideology, have emerged as the biggest domestic terrorism threat to the US. The FBI made 180 arrests related to domestic terrorism during 2020 using a mix of federal, state and local charges, the official added.
Emotional Lawrence Jones discusses impact of remote learning on minority kids: 'I see myself in those stats'
       
"Our kids are struggling in silence, while the unions scream to keep the schools closed," Jones said on "Fox News Primetime." Jones pointed to a study conducted by a group of Ohio students which found that Black children were chronically absent 60% more in 2020 than in 2019. — Lawrence Jones, Fox Nation host"If I seem angry or upset by this, please understand why. Our kids will go back to school and maybe, just maybe, we'll forget about this last year. Never forget," Jones concluded.
Mike Brown’s father, Ferguson organizers request $20M from BLM
       
Tory Russell, co-founder of the International Black Freedom Alliance and Mike Brown Sr. have requested the funding for their community. Mike Brown Sr. and local community organizer Tony Russell have demanded the Black Lives Matter organization provide $20M to continue their work in Ferguson, Missouri. “On behalf of many activists in the St. Louis area, I’m joined by Mike Brown Sr., the father of Mike Brown Jr. Today, we hold Black Lives Matter accountable,” Russell announced in the video. “Even before the article, ” the tweet stated, “Mike Brown Sr. and many Black community members have had questions about the money #BlackLivesMatter was raising.”Even before the article that @aaronlmorrison came out #Ferguson Mike Brown Sr. and many Black community members have had questions about the money #BlackLivesMatter was raising. The post Mike Brown’s father, Ferguson organizers request $20M from BLM appeared first on TheGrio.
What happened to George Floyd, whose killer goes on trial next week
       
On 25 May, a convenience store employee in Minneapolis called 911 and said that Mr Floyd, 46, had bought cigarettes with a counterfeit $20 bill. Four officers — Mr Chauvin, plus Tou Thao , and new recruits Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng — arrived at the scene. Police said they found Mr Floyd sitting on his car, where he appeared intoxicated and resisted arrest. Please enter your email address Please enter a valid email address Please enter a valid email address SIGN UP Thanks for signing up to the News newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice Thanks for signing up to the News newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent.
On Rainforest, Chicago rapper Noname says the loud part quiet
       
If it can happen in music, it’s happening in Noname’s music. “Rainforest” isn’t a song to chant in the streets. “Now I ain’t no dummy to think I’m above criticism/So when I see something that’s valid, I listen,” Cole rapped. Two days later, Noname delivered her atomizing response — and because “Song 33” was music, not Twitter, the serenity of her tone had a lot to do with it. “He really ’bout to write about me when the world is in smokes?
Opinion: What's happening in Texas and Mississippi has to stop
       
(CNN) The historic winter storm that crippled Texas during the third week of February spotlighted the Lone Star State's pervasive history of structural racism. The storm's aftershocks continue to be felt in parts of Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Mississippi where many Black and brown residents continue to lack power, clean drinking water and shelter. The conservative free-market ideology that led to the deregulation of Texas utilities has been catastrophic on racially segregated and economically impoverished communities. Abbott's false claims that the winter storm "showed how the Green New Deal would be a deadly deal" for America reflects the Orwellian nature of American politics. The failure of political leadership and moral imagination of the Texas governor is boundless.
Kelly Loeffler's sale of the Atlanta Dream shows the 'stick to sports' era is over
       
Last Friday, the WNBA approved the sale of its Atlanta Dream franchise to a new ownership group. The sale of the Dream bookends a remarkable period of activism by athletes that has fully repudiated the “stick to sports” orthodoxy that has prevailed in the sports world until recently. It certainly didn’t hurt the campaign — before the Dream debuted their “Vote Warnock” shirts, Warnock was polling at only 9 percent. Eventually, under pressure from the league, the players and sponsors, Sterling was forced to sell the team. The sale of the Dream might be a fitting climax to this tumultuous period, but it could also be the beginning of a new era in sports management.
Vernon Jordan’s Creed: ‘Michelle, I’m Too Old To Let Race Get In The Way of Friendship’
       
But there weren’t big bucks being waved around for the kind of memoir Jordan wanted to write. Later in life, Jordan would be squired around town by a driver of his own. During Jordan’s tenure, the group’s strategy was to advance Black progress in part through alliances with enlightened white civic and corporate leaders. Even though he didn’t win Jordan’s endorsement in 2008, no one demonstrated that more potently than Obama himself. Even so, the racial progress of the next generation will be more attainable in the wake of progress of the past two—achievements with which Jordan’s life was inextricably intertwined.
Special election for state Senate seat in Los Angeles County draws crowded field
       
Voters in a state Senate district of Los Angeles County that stretches from Century City to South L.A. will head to the polls Tuesday for a special election for the successor of a seat previously held by Supervisor Holly Mitchell. Mitchell, a Democrat, represented the 30th Senate District, which includes Mar Vista and downtown L.A., before vacating the seat after winning the 2nd District seat on the L.A. County Board of Supervisors in the November election. Seven candidates are on the ballot, including Assemblywoman Sydney Kamlager (D-Los Angeles), who represents the 54th District. If no candidate receives a majority of votes, a special general election will be held May 4. Residents can bring those ballots with them to a vote center or cast them in a ballot drop box until 8 p.m. Tuesday.
Why Some Asian Americans are Staying Silent About the Ongoing Hate Crimes
       
So many devastating hate crimes are happening in such a short amount of time, but almost no one is talking about them. We can’t deny that Asian Americans face discrimination on a different scale from our Black brothers and sisters. Decades of this divide has left many Asian Americans questioning whether they’re Asian enough . Some state prosecutors have failed to address these cases as hate crimes, and in some cases, defendants are being released without bail . Ask your parents if they've heard about the most recent wave of anti-Asian hate crimes, or bring it up in conversation with friends.
Can Historic Social Injustices be Addressed Through Reparations?
       
And then I had somebody who wanted reparations and somebody who didn’t want reparations to kind of give their arguments. And I believe in that, and as an immigrant who’s come to the United States, I really think it’s an incredibly special and wonderful country. I think there’s a sense by many Blacks that this part of American history hasn’t received the attention it deserves. And in fact, there was no meaningful effort to really think through addressing those crimes until the 1990s. Because the people who these things were done to may be gone, and then reparations becomes even thornier than it is in the Tulsa case.
What Black Leaders Bring to the Table
       
Sanders is the author of Black Magic: What Black Leaders Learned from Trauma and Triumph . His book is called, “Black Magic: What Black Leaders Learned From Trauma and Triumph.” Chad, thanks so much for being here. We’ve seen the number of Black owned and Black started companies in the last 30 years double. I do think that’s going to be good for our economy. ALISON BEARD: That’s Chad Sanders, the author of, “Black Magic.” This episode was produced by Mary Dooe.
Implementing Inclusive Policies Across a Global Organization
       
While issues surrounding diversity, inclusion, and belonging (DI&B) have increasingly taken center stage in corporate America, many U.S.-based companies struggle to extend new policies across their global teams. And when my coworker visited our new office the following year, he told me he appreciated our choice of a more inclusive location. Once our international offices were established, it was essential to ensure that our U.S.-based DI&B initiatives were being effectively translated abroad. Broaden Inclusive Language Initiatives Beyond EnglishFinally, another component of DI&B that is often overlooked when companies expand globally is inclusive language policies. But to demonstrate a genuine, consistent commitment to these principles, global companies must implement value-driven policies not just at home but wherever they operate.
Mercedes unveil car for Lewis Hamilton’s record-breaking eighth F1 title bid
       
Mercedes have unveiled the car Sir Lewis Hamilton hopes will take him to a record-breaking eighth Formula One world championship. Hamilton, 36, is this year bidding to move one title clear of Michael Schumacher in what could be the British driver’s final campaign in F1. Introducing the W12 ?? Get your first look at our 2021 F1 car! #WeLivePerformance pic.twitter.com/RiZEBTyarb — Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1 Team (@MercedesAMGF1) March 2, 2021Hamilton, who last month signed only a one-year extension, will be partnered by Valtteri Bottas at Mercedes for a fifth season. Story continuesWith few changes to the rulebook over the winter, Hamilton’s Mercedes team will start as the favourites to complete a remarkable eighth drivers’ and constructors’ double.
Ryan Reaves Continues Stand Against Racial Injustice
       
Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY SportsBy Carol SchramRyan Reaves has a well-earned reputation as the most fearsome enforcer in today’s NHL. “It's great that the NBA did this and the MLB, WNBA; they have a lot of Black players in those leagues. When Reaves and his fellow players took their stand in August, the Las Vegas Police Protective Association pushed back. Hopefully, that isn’t misinterpreted.”Later, Grammas wrote a second letter to the union, reporting that Golden Knights majority owner Bill Foley had expressed appreciation for their work. Meanwhile, a group of 17 other local community organizations issued a statement thanking local sports organizations, including the Golden Knights, for bringing attention to social injustice.
Channel 4 have dropped Ant Middleton from SAS: Who Dares Wins
       
Channel 4 have cut all ties with Ant Middleton from SAS: Who Dares Wins, saying they won't work with him again due to his "personal conduct". Ant also took to social media to address him leaving the show, alleging it was his decision. He wrote on Twitter:"After 5 incredible years I’ve decided it’s time to move on from SAS Who Dares Wins UK. Dusty Baxter-Wright Senior Entertainment & Lifestyle Writer Dusty Baxter-Wright is Cosmopolitan's Senior Entertainment and Lifestyle Writer, covering celebrities, movies, TV and books as well as travel, interiors, food and drink on a daily basis. This content is created and maintained by a third party, and imported onto this page to help users provide their email addresses.
How Trump has shaken Gen Z and millennial faith in democracy
       
While a majority of Americans wanted to see Trump impeached and convicted, millennials and members of Generation Z were the driving force behind those numbers. An early February Morning Consult + Politico National Tracking Poll found that 64 percent of millennials and 59 percent of Gen Zers wanted to see Trump convicted. Those levels of support for conviction were higher than among their elders in Gen X (51 percent) and baby boomers (49 percent). In advance of Trump’s second impeachment, younger voters were more focused on accountability for the former president than Republicans writ large. Among the policies that are top of mind for these young voters: student debt, immigration reform, voting rights and questions of gender and racial equity.
COVID-19 pandemic fuels attacks on health workers globally
       
The attack in Nigeria early last month was just one of many on health workers globally during the COVID-19 pandemic. In the United States, for example, researchers counted about a dozen threats to health care workers last year. "I think in the U.S. the culture has been more of trusting health workers," Haar, the emergency physician, said. "There hasn’t been a longstanding conflict where there’s been a dissonance between health workers and the community." With or without a pandemic, the most dangerous places for health workers are often areas of conflict and political upheaval.
Teens sue exclusive Catholic high school for $20M over 'blackface' allegations
       
Two teens who were booted from an exclusive California Catholic school over a "blackface" photo are suing the school for $20 million — claiming they were actually wearing acne treatment masks. Still, it wasn’t until June 2020 that the pic resurfaced and went viral on social media following Floyd’s death on May 25, which sparked global Black Lives Matter demonstrations. The picture was posted on an Instagram meme account created by recent graduates of the school on June. St. Francis President Jason Curtiss told the Chronicle the school could not comment on the lawsuit because of the pending litigation and student privacy laws. "St. Francis High Schools is committed to creating an educational environment where all students feel safe, welcome, and included," he wrote in an email.
Squad amendment to restore voting rights to felons, incarcerated individuals fails in House
       
The House Tuesday rejected an amendment authored by the progressive Squad to restore voting rights not only to felons but to individuals who are currently incarcerated. ... Our democracy will remain broken and sick and unhealthy until we heal and restore the right to vote for incarcerated individuals." EVERY HOUSE DEMOCRAT SIGNS ONTO SWEEPING ELECTION REFORM BILL BLASTED BY GOPThe amendment was offered to House Democrats' sweeping voting rights and campaign finance reform legislation, known as the For The People Act. House Democrats passed similar legislation last Congress, but it died in the GOP-led Senate at the time. The voting reform legislation, numbered H.R.
Antifa Didn't Storm The Capitol. Just Ask The Rioters.
       
Antifa Didn't Storm The Capitol. In fact, some rioters seemed annoyed that antifa was getting the credit for the Capitol attack, and they took to social media to say so. Several rioters said they brought a weapon to the Capitol because of the perceived threat of antifa, according to court documents. And he allegedly directed an online message at antifa groups, who are known for wearing black to counter-protests:"We will be blending in as one of you. Similarly, there are antifa groups, but antifa itself is not a group," says Mark Bray, a historian and the author of Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook.
Slavery reparations approved by Bristol Council in act of 'atonement'
       
Reparations for slavery have been approved by Bristol City Council in act of “atonement”. The motion to provide financial support and address “the uncomfortable truth that lighter skin did (and continues to) confer greater advantage” was passed 47 votes to 12 by the Labour-led council. Council papers stated that “reparations are necessary for achieving social justice” as “racism and racial hierarchy” continues to create divisions, and economic action was needed to support the descendants of “enslaved Afrikans”. Proposed reparative justice will include “wealth creation strategies”, identifying institutions that have benefited from slavery so they can “work towards atonement and reparations”, along with an recognition of “a crime against humanity”. It further enjoins councillors to call for a UK-wide system of reparations.
Obama initially refused to support Joe Biden, 'an aging politician having his last hurrah'
       
Among the issues that threatened Biden's campaign were his habit of being handsy, something he claimed was his way of empathizing with people. According to 'Lucky', in private Biden didn't see what all the fuss was. During a discussion with prominent black businesses executives Obama failed to even mention Biden, a telling omission that spoke volumes. But the lack of enthusiasm still hurt and Biden knew that 'Barack Obama had not believed in Joe Biden', 'Lucky' says. Jennifer O'Malley Dillon, one of Biden's Presidential campaign managers who is now his deputy chief of staff, joined his team out of pity and headed up his Nevada operation.
North Carolina Is Second In the Nation for Removing Confederate Symbols
       
The Southern Poverty Law Center last week announced that, in 2020, North Carolina removed more Confederate symbols than any other state except Virginia. Twenty-four were in North Carolina, according to the SPLC report, “Whose Heritage?”Virginia got rid of 71 Confederate symbols and monuments, while Alabama and Texas tied for third place, scrapping 12 each. At least 167 Confederate symbols were removed, including the toppling of two Confederate statues in downtown Raleigh, by Black Lives Matter protesters days after Floyd’s death. As previously reported in the INDY, there are about 100 Confederate monuments in North Carolina. The SPLC report notes that, last year, 94 Confederate symbols were removed from public sites in the United States.
A Durham Minister Says Holocaust Education Bill Should Include Mandatory Black History Instruction
       
Last month, lawmakers in the General Assembly introduced a bill that would require North Carolina public schools to teach students about the Jewish Holocaust. Soon after House Bill 69, the “Education on the Holocaust and Genocide" bill was filed, a Durham minister demanded legislators oppose the measure unless mandatory Black history studies were included, too. “People talk about how Black lives matter, but when it comes to Black education, we really don’t matter,” he wrote. Scott added that sponsorship of the bill during Black History Month was “a slap in the face.”“Although Blacks and Jews have been considered allies, there has always been division when it comes to issues such as affirmative action and education,” Scott continued. The Holocaust education legislation was first introduced last year and garnered unanimous support.
COVID-19 pandemic fuels attacks on health workers globally
       
The attack in Nigeria early last month was just one of many on health workers globally during the COVID-19 pandemic. In the United States, for example, researchers counted about a dozen threats to health care workers last year. Josie Norris/Getty Images“I think in the U.S. the culture has been more of trusting health workers,” Haar, the emergency physician, said. “There hasn’t been a longstanding conflict where there’s been a dissonance between health workers and the community.”Yet health workers in the U.S. are still subject to great risk. With or without a pandemic, the most dangerous places for health workers are often areas of conflict and political upheaval.
There are 329 candidates for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize, Norwegian Nobel Committee reveals
       
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The Norwegian Nobel Committee said Monday that 329 candidates — 234 individuals and 95 organizations — have been nominated for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize by the Feb. 1 deadline. A vast group of people — heads of state or politicians serving at a national level, university professors, directors of foreign policy institutes, past Nobel Prize recipients and members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee — can submit a nomination for the prize. The U.N. World Food Program won the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize. Key Words (October 2016): Obama tells Colbert his Nobel prize is still a head-scratcherThe Nobel Committee announces its annual decision in October. The peace prize and other Nobel prizes are presented Dec. 10, the anniversary of Alfred Nobel’s death.
Storm unveil new logo through mural honoring 2020 championship, social justice efforts
       
The reigning WNBA champion Seattle Storm unveiled a new logo on Tuesday that modernizes the most recent iteration of the one its held since its founding 21 years ago. Storm center logo, social justice initiativeThe mural, a partnership with art activation agency Muros, will feature players in their "Black Lives Matter" and "Say Her Name" T-shirts. The WNBA players are longtime activists and individual teams have their own campaigns, which the Storm launched in July 2020 as Force4Change. Storm mural a bridge to continuing changeSeattle Storm's Jordin Canada, center-left, and Crystal Langhorne, center-right, celebrate the 2018 WNBA championship in Seattle. And every week last season, WNBA players spoke with the family of a Black woman impacted by police violence.
Theaters hit the one-year anniversary of shutdown. How are artists keeping afloat?
       
For directors, playwrights and performance artists whose canvas is the three-dimensional stage, the situation has been unimaginably dire. “Since September, after the art galleries and museums reopened in New York, I’ve been seeing as much art as I can. There’ll always be gardening work in Los Angeles!’”Fortunately, decades in the theater had prepared these troupers for worst-case scenarios. The death of CTG associate artistic director Diane Rodriguez, who died from cancer last year, hit them especially hard. “I’ve been looking at how I’ve conducted myself in the world, with people I’ve hurt, things I’ve done, looking at relationships that are no more.
Ant Middleton suggests he wasn’t fired from SAS: Who Dares Wins in new post
       
Ant Middleton has questioned claims he’s been fired as the host of SAS: Who Dares Wins. However, Middleton has doubled down on the claim that it was his own decision to step away. Ant Middleton has been a part of ‘SAS: Who Dares Wins’ since 2015 (Getty Images)On Monday evening, he wrote on Twitter and Instagram: “After five incredible years, I’ve decided it’s time to move on from SAS: Who Dares Wins UK,” he wrote. Really excited about the future and what’s coming this year.”On Tuesday (2 March), he shared a post by Good Morning Britain co-host Piers Morgan that criticised Channel 4 for “firing” Middleton, adding: “Fired??? Read our privacy notice Independent Culture Newsletter The best in film, music TV & radio straight to your inbox every week Thanks for signing up to the Independent Culture newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent.
Ginny Roth: Toronto's gutless progressive NYMBYism exalts parking lot over helping the poor
       
Most concerning is that this gutless approach to development seems to thrive in progressive communities like East York where residents have sent progressive politicians to Parliament and City Council for decades. Try refreshing your browser, or Ginny Roth: Toronto's gutless progressive NYMBYism exalts parking lot over helping the poor Back to videoAdvertisement Story continues below This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. It is bad enough when these incidents crop up in rural communities where we expect a certain personal-property focused individualism. After all, cold-hearted conservatives just don’t understand that we all play a role in lifting up those who need our help. Ginny Roth is the national practice lead for government relations at Crestview Strategy and a long-time conservative activist.
FBI Has Found No Evidence of Antifa Involvement in Capitol Attack, Says Director
       
On Tuesday, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Chris Wray confirmed that the agency has not been able to find evidence of people associated with antifa or other left-wing ideologies in connection with the attack on the Capitol on January 6. This both-sidesism appears to be exercised to a fault by the FBI: Shortly after the right-wing attack on the Capitol, FBI agents arrested a left-wing activist who was not connected to the attack for expressing leftist beliefs online. Still, the GOP’s disinformation campaign surrounding the Capitol attack has worked: A poll from January found that half of Republicans polled think that anti-fascists were responsible for the Capitol breach. “That attack, that siege was criminal behavior, plain and simple, and it’s behavior that we, the FBI, view as domestic terrorism,” he said. He noted that, since he began serving as director of the FBI in 2017, arrests for white supremacist violence have increased significantly.
Teens sue exclusive Catholic high school for $20M over ‘blackface’ allegations
       
Two teens who were booted from an exclusive California Catholic school over a “blackface” photo are suing the school for $20 million — claiming they were actually wearing acne treatment masks. According to the lawsuit, the photo of the two boys and a friend was taken in 2017 when they were just 14. The picture was posted on an Instagram meme account created by recent graduates of the school on June. St. Francis President Jason Curtiss told the Chronicle the school could not comment on the lawsuit because of the pending litigation and student privacy laws. Francis High Schools is committed to creating an educational environment where all students feel safe, welcome, and included,” he wrote in an email.
Women's March breaks silence on Cuomo allegations after third accuser steps forward
       
Women’s March, a feminist group that supports Black Lives Matter’s call to defund the police and other progressive initiatives, broke its silence regarding sexual harassment allegations against New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo after a third woman came forward this week. "In the past week, two former employees, Lindsey Boylan and Charlotte Bennett, have accused Governor Andrew Cuomo of sexual harassment on the job. Tonight, a third woman, Anna Ruch, accused him of making unwanted advances at a wedding," Women’s March executive director Rachel O’Leary Carmona tweeted on Monday. ANDREW CUOMO ACCUSED BY THIRD WOMAN OF UNWANTED SEXUAL ADVANCESAfter more accusations surfaced, Democratic politicians within the state have already started calling for Cuomo's resignation.
Seven minutes, 46 seconds
       
Seven minutes, 46 seconds Presented by IntelWith help from John Harris, Nolan McCaskill and Steven Overly. We measure it in minutes: Seven minutes, 46 seconds, the amount of time it took for George Floyd to die under the knee of a white police officer. Something about that video, about those 7 minutes and 46 seconds, left us — many of us — unsettled in ways the countless other videos of Black people dying at the hands of police … didn’t. With The Recast, you'll get a twice-weekly breakdown of how race and identity are the DNA of American politics and policy. But we created this newsletter because we wanted to explore the ways race and identity collide with politics, policy and power.
George Floyd’s killing started a movement. Nine months later, what’s changed?
       
And in Congress this week, Democrats are trying once again to shape Floyd’s legacy by advancing federal legislation to reform policing. The House is expected to vote on the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act — again. In the wake of Floyd’s death in May, 25 states enacted new policing laws. But the aftermath of Floyd’s death was different. “So anytime that does happen, that is a step in the right direction.”There’s no consensus on what Floyd’s legacy will be.
The Trump administration reportedly quietly funded Operation Warp Speed with money set aside for hospitals
       
The Daily BeastPhoto Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos via FacebookChaos. He got a little out of control in committee and I think most of the co-sponsors pulled out then,” one of those 32 former co-sponsors, Republican Rep. Larry Brewster, told The Daily Beast. Another questioned why Mitchell had claimed in his opening remarks that the bill was bipartisan, when no Democrats had signed onto it“I was making a joke on the bill,” Mitchell replied. Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you.
DeSantis declares schools, businesses will remain open as Legislature convenes
       
While the pandemic will affect nearly every aspect of the state’s business during the session, much of DeSantis’ speech stressed major planks of his agenda unrelated to the crisis. He wants lawmakers to pass a bill to increase penalties for protests that devolve into rioting, a measure responding to the Black Lives Matter protests of last summer against police bias and brutality against African-Americans, some of which turned violent.
FBI Director Wray: No Apparent Antifa Involvement in Jan. 6 Attack
       
"We're equal opportunity in looking for violent extremism of any ideology," FBI Director Christopher Wray told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday morning about the bureau's investigations since the deadly violence at the U.S. Capitol. "We have not seen, to date, any evidence of anarchist violent extremist or people who subscribe to Antifa in connection with Jan. Trump and his backers since have helped prop up conspiracy theories that the perpetrators of the attack were not Trump supporters. The composition of the violent mob matched trends Wray has observed in recent years. These groups comprise the biggest chunk of the crimes the FBI investigates, and of those, white supremacists make up the majority.
UK: Four plead not guilty in case of toppled slave trader statue
       
Group charged with criminal damage over Edward Colston statue says stunt was an expression of free speech, but judge warns against ‘wholly unmeritorious’ arguments. Three men and a woman pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to a charge of criminal damage over their alleged role in the toppling of a statue of 17th-century slave trade magnate Edward Colston in Bristol in southwest England last year. Rhian Graham, Milo Ponsford, Jake Skuse and Sage Willoughby, all in their 20s or 30s, were charged with criminal damage in December and appeared at Bristol Crown Court on Tuesday. After a few days at the bottom of the harbour, the statue was retrieved by city authorities and put into storage. In September, a concert hall that was named after Colston renamed itself the Bristol Beacon.
COVID-19 pandemic fuels attacks on health workers globally
       
The attack in Nigeria early last month was just one of many on health workers globally during the COVID-19 pandemic. In the United States, for example, researchers counted about a dozen threats to health care workers last year. “I think in the U.S. the culture has been more of trusting health workers,” Haar, the emergency physician, said. “There hasn’t been a longstanding conflict where there’s been a dissonance between health workers and the community.”Yet health workers in the U.S. are still subject to great risk. With or without a pandemic, the most dangerous places for health workers are often areas of conflict and political upheaval.
Tensions high at Amazon warehouse as milestone union vote gets underway
       
(CNN Business) On their way to and from the sprawling warehouse facility in Bessemer, Alabama, Amazon workers see union representatives holding signs encouraging them to vote "yes" for a union. The ballots started to be mailed to the homes of nearly 6,000 eligible warehouse workers Monday. Warehouse workers at multiple Amazon facilities told CNN Business they are also paying close attention to see how the effort shakes out. To counter the current effort at Bessemer, Amazon hired a former Republican member of the NLRB to help in its fight. At a Baltimore facility, Amazon associate Andre Goodin said he and several of his colleagues talk about the Alabama union vote "quite often, believe it or not."
FBI's Chris Wray accuses Capitol Hill attackers of domestic terrorism
       
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - FBI Director Chris Wray on Tuesday accused supporters of Donald Trump who carried out a deadly Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol of domestic terrorism and vowed to hold them accountable. Slideshow ( 5 images )“I was appalled that you, our country’s elected leaders, were victimized right here in these very halls,” Wray testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee. The Justice Department has charged more than 300 people on criminal counts ranging from conspiracy to attacking police and obstructing Congress. In a newly unsealed search warrant, investigators say rioters carried weapons inside the Capitol including tire irons, sledge hammers, tasers, bear spray and, in at least one case, a handgun with an extended magazine. “Everyone involved must take responsibility for their actions that day, including our former president,” the panel’s Ranking Republican Charles Grassley said.
FBI's Chris Wray accuses Capitol Hill attackers of domestic terrorism
       
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - FBI Director Chris Wray on Tuesday accused supporters of Donald Trump who carried out a deadly Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol of domestic terrorism and vowed to hold them accountable. Slideshow ( 4 images )“I was appalled that you, our country’s elected leaders, were victimized right here in these very halls,” Wray testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee. The Justice Department has charged more than 300 people on criminal counts ranging from conspiracy to attacking police and obstructing Congress. In a newly unsealed search warrant, investigators say rioters carried weapons inside the Capitol including tire irons, sledge hammers, tasers, bear spray and, in at least one case, a handgun with an extended magazine. “Everyone involved must take responsibility for their actions that day, including our former president,” the panel’s Ranking Republican Charles Grassley said.
Georgia House passes GOP voting restrictions bill
       
The Daily BeastPhoto Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos via FacebookChaos. The Kalispell PLE is now defunct.When Mitchell introduced his bill in committee, some of his colleagues raised similar objections. Another questioned why Mitchell had claimed in his opening remarks that the bill was bipartisan, when no Democrats had signed onto it“I was making a joke on the bill,” Mitchell replied. Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you.
6 Dr. Seuss books won't be published for racist images
       
I read that article, I think, as soon as it was published, which was shortly after Jan. 6. I think you kind of have to take at face value what he said he saw. They’re saying I’m saying things that I’m not saying at all. All I’m saying at this point in time is we need to ask a lot of questions. I wonder, how much do you think that’s because Republican leaders, from President Trump on down, told them not to trust the election results?
Meghan Markle will 'raise the issue of race in Britain' during Oprah chat
       
AdvertisementMeghan Markle and Prince Harry will discuss the issue of race in Britain with Oprah Winfrey, it was revealed today. But the downside for all involved is huge if Prince Philip takes a turn for the worse. But the downside for all involved is huge if Prince Philip takes a turn for the worse. in what appears to be another jab at the Royal Family - this time over the palace's treatment of the Duchess. Later in the interview, Oprah refers to comments Meghan appears to have made about life in the Royal Family being 'almost un-survivable.'
COVID-19 pandemic fuels attacks on health workers globally
       
ADVERTISEMENTThe attack in Nigeria early last month was just one of many on health workers globally during the COVID-19 pandemic. In the United States, for example, researchers counted about a dozen threats to health care workers last year. “There hasn’t been a longstanding conflict where there’s been a dissonance between health workers and the community.”Yet health workers in the U.S. are still subject to great risk. With or without a pandemic, the most dangerous places for health workers are often areas of conflict and political upheaval. Now, one year into the pandemic, she feels health workers are more respected.
Readers respond: Stop focusing on trivia
       
A recent The Oregonian/OregonLive editorial began with a soothing, complimentary paragraph about Oregon Republicans (“Mainstream Republicans, where are your voices,” Jan. 24). The next paragraph began with the word “but” and continued to the end marginalizing and stereotyping Republicans. The editorial devoted nine paragraphs on trivia dealing with “false flag” allegations by the state GOP and other contentious issues that amount to a mere crumb in the Republican meal. Here is my suggestion: Open up your paper to a true debate. Debate the true issues!
Channel 4 is blasted for 'spineless surrender to the PC police' for sacking Ant Middleton
       
Channel 4 has been blasted for a 'spineless surrender to the PC police,' over the sacking of SAS: Who Dares Wins star Ant Middleton after he shared controversial views on the Black Lives Matter protesters and Covid-19. Good Morning Britain presenter Piers Morgan later tweeted: 'Absurd that Channel 4 fired Ant Middleton for his opinions. Ant Middleton has been axed from Channel 4's SAS: Who Dares Wins, after the channel said 'our views and values are not aligned'. A spokesperson for Channel 4 earlier told MailOnline: 'Ant Middleton will not be taking part in future series of SAS: Who Dares Wins. Tweeting last night, Middleton said: 'After 5 incredible years I've decided it's time to move on from SAS: Who Dares Wins UK.
Ron Johnson Says He Still Has Many Unanswered Questions
       
That’s one of the questions I’ve got is, how many firearms were seen, were confiscated? There are just so many unanswered questions, which seems to be kind of the basic situation in so many things I’m trying to get to the bottom of. They’re saying I’m saying things that I’m not saying at all. All I’m saying at this point in time is we need to ask a lot of questions. I wonder, how much do you think that’s because Republican leaders, from President Trump on down, told them not to trust the election results?
Nine months later, fencing comes down around the church where Trump stood with a Bible
       
Across a small park from the White House, St. John’s had been known for decades as the “president’s church” for its elite congregation, but in June made news worldwide. Soon local Episcopal leaders slammed Trump for the use of force and the Bible as, in their view, a prop. ADLater in the summer, Bowser demanded that H Street be reopened and protests waned, but St. John’s remained surrounded for months by high fencing. The congregation has grown to include people who pay tithes and consider themselves members of St. John’s but have never been there. Although they were physically at the center of 2020 protests, St. John’s members typically “come with significant privilege.” They choose to be there.
Home-security cameras have become a fruitful resource for law enforcement — and a fatal risk
       
While the precise number of devices is unknown, the number of Internet-connected cameras from Ring, Google Nest and other video doorbell companies most likely totals in the millions. In December, the police department in Fairbanks, Alaska, posted a Ring video to its Facebook page of a “criminal mischief” suspect spotted outside a snow-covered church. Camera owners can ignore the requests, but officers said many are eager to comply. Investigators stopped by houses with doorbell cameras while searching for clues to who had planted two pipe bombs near the U.S. Capitol in the hours before it was Jan. 6 by an angry mob. She marched him over to the neighbor’s door, where they rang the Ring doorbell and left an apology letter when no one answered.
U.S. alleges Proud Boys planned to break into Capitol on Jan. 6 from many different points
       
He was not at the Jan. 6 rally and has not been charged with any wrongdoing related to the riot. Nordean became a Proud Boys spokesman after a video of him punching out a Portland, Ore., protester in June 2018 went viral. Last July, he started a Florida business with two other Proud Boys members from that state, Tarrio and Joe Biggs, promoting right-wing causes online in Biggs’s “Warboys” podcast and through Tarrio’s right-wing merchandise store, the 1776 Shop. In social media and posted videos on accounts that appear to be associated with Nordean, Nordean said Americans must “desensitize” themselves to violence, while others called Proud Boys “soldiers of the right wing” at war, according to prosecutors. Arrangements also were made to program, distribute and set to predesignated channels “multiple Baofeng radios for use by Proud Boys members to communicate during the event,” prosecutors said, although it was not clear whether their attempts to use them were successful.
FBI director faces senators demanding answers about Capitol riot
       
ADADTuesday’s hearing will be a public test of Wray’s new relationship with the Biden administration and the Democrats who now control the Senate. The FBI document quoted one person urging Trump supporters to go to Washington “ready to fight. ADADThe FBI report also noted that individuals had shared a map of Congress and its tunnels, with a “CREATE PERIMETER” headline. FBI officials have said the information was raw and could not immediately be traced to a specific person. At a hearing last week, former Capitol security officials argued that they did not have sufficient warning of the danger.
Four plead not guilty in case of toppled slave trader's statue in England
       
LONDON (Reuters) - Three men and a woman pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to a charge of criminal damage over their alleged role in the toppling of a statue of 17th century slave trade magnate Edward Colston in Bristol in southwest England last year. The toppling of the statue led to other memorials of figures linked to the slave trade being taken down or their future being debated, triggering a backlash from government ministers who said this amounted to censoring history. Rhian Graham, Milo Ponsford, Jake Skuse and Sage Willoughby, all in their 20s or 30s, were charged with criminal damage in December and appeared at Bristol Crown Court on Tuesday. After a few days at the bottom of the harbour, the statue was retrieved by city authorities and put into storage. In September, a concert hall that was named after Colston renamed itself the Bristol Beacon.
Texas power cooperative files for bankruptcy facing $2bn bill for storms
       
The New York TimesNEW YORK — Two men were being held hostage in a Bronx apartment. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Democrat, described Digidog on Twitter as a “robotic surveillance ground” drone. The City Council passed the Public Oversight of Surveillance Technology Act last June amid efforts to overhaul the police force, many of them triggered by Black Lives Matter demonstrations. Boston Dynamics began selling the robot dog, which it calls Spot, last June. The robotic dog, which bears a resemblance to those featured in the 2017 “Metalhead” episode of “Black Mirror,” was not designed to act as a covert tool of mass surveillance, Perry said.
Four accused of pulling down Edward Colston statue to go on trial in December
       
Four people accused of toppling a bronze statue of the slave trader Edward Colston in the centre of Bristol will stand trial in December. All four pleaded not guilty to the charge and were granted unconditional bail until the trial which was listed to begin on December 13. Judge Peter Blair QC, the Recorder of Bristol, said he would preside over a trial of the case. The statue of Edward Colston was pulled down from its plinth and dragged through the streets during a Black Lives Matter protest on June 7 last year. The statue was then thrown into Bristol harbour from where it was later recovered by the city council.
I May Destroy You and Small Axe lead nominations at Royal Television Society Awards
       
Michaela Coel’s ambitious drama is nominated in the mini-series category, while Coel herself is up for both best female actor and writer of a drama. Meanwhile, Steve McQueen’s Small Axe, a series of films about the black British experience, was nominated for miniseries, best drama writer for McQueen and Alastair Siddons and best male actor for Shaun Parkes. Elsewhere, both Paul Mescal and Daisy Edgar-Jones received nominations for their performances in Normal People. Michaela Coel, Paapa Essiedu and Weruche Opia in I May Destroy You (BBC/Various Artists Ltd and FALKNA/Natalie Seery)The award winners will be announced on 16 March as part of a live-streamed event. Read our privacy notice Independent Culture Newsletter The best in film, music TV & radio straight to your inbox every week Thanks for signing up to the Independent Culture newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent.
Mercedes launch W12 car that Lewis Hamilton hopes can take him to a record eighth F1title
       
Mercedes have launched their brand new W12 car for the 2021 season that they hope can lead to an incredible eighth double world championship in a row. The Silver Arrows have dominated the sport since 2014, winning the drivers' and constructors' championship every season since . Lewis Hamilton has taken the drivers' title in all but the 2016 campaign during that period, when he was pipped by team-mate Nico Rosberg, as he hopes to secure a record eight world championship in 2021. Join us LIVE from our home in Brackley, as we say hello to the 2021 Mercedes-AMG F1 W12 E Performance! 'The launch day of a new car is always a really exciting one,' said Hamilton ahead of his 15th season.
Lady Victoria Hervey looks vibrant in an 'epic' slogan jumper and white skinny jeans
       
But Lady Victoria Hervey appeared happy and relaxed as she left the Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood on Monday. The British socialite, 44, wore a statement 'Epic' jumper and classic white skinny jeans as she headed out with her pet pooch. Feeling epic: Lady Victoria Hervey wore a statement 'Epic' jumper and classic white skinny jeans as she left the Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood on MondayThe heiress toted an eye-catching electric blue handbag with a neon orange pom-pom keyring. Lady Victoria completed the look with a pair of sheepskin boots, which were turned over at the top to display their cosy lining. Last month, it seemed as though Lady Victoria had had enough of living in Los Angeles.
Sanremo: Sport unites, politics divides says Ibra - English
       
Ibra, 39, who was recently involved in an allegedly racist spat with Inter striker Romelu Lukaku, which he denies, said "we athletes united the world, and politics divides the world. "Athletes must be athletes and politicians must do politics. "In my sport there are athletes from all over the world and everyone is welcome. If I would be a political politician, I would do politics." To which James quickly responded this way: "I preach about my people and I preach about equality.
Mock slave auctions, racist lessons: How US history class often traumatizes, dehumanizes Black students
       
In 2019, a fifth-grade teacher was accused of holding a mock slave auction in which white students bid on Black students in New York. Black History Month 2021:Why is Black History Month in February? She again emphasized that parents should make sure slavery is not the only time their children learn about Black history in school. Students are pushing for changeBlack students across the country are demanding better Black history lessons in their schools. Yizar, a sophomore, said only focusing on select civil rights leaders and slavery minimizes the entirety of Black history.
Ant Middleton breaks silence after Channel 4 cuts ties with SAS: Who Dares Wins host
       
Ant Middleton has broken his silence after it was announced he had been dropped from SAS: Who Dares Wins. Ant Middleton has been a part of ‘SAS: Who Dares Wins’ since 2015 (Getty Images)“After five incredible years, I’ve decided it’s time to move on from SAS: Who Dares Wins UK,” he wrote. Really excited about the future and what’s coming this year.”Following the news, the TV personality told his fans to “stay positive”. Read our privacy notice Independent Culture Newsletter The best in film, music TV & radio straight to your inbox every week Thanks for signing up to the Independent Culture newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. At no point was I calling the BLM scum and comparing the two organisations.
20-Year-Old MAGA Pol’s War on Antifa Backfires Horribly
       
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos via FacebookChaos. “Certainly, over the last few years, we've seen a significantly noticeable spike” in bills attempting to criminalize anti-fascism, Loadenthal told The Daily Beast. They’ve been there a long time.”Read more at The Daily Beast. Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you.
Manhattan DA investigators are reportedly focusing on the Trump Organization's chief financial officer
       
The Daily BeastPhoto Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos via FacebookChaos. He got a little out of control in committee and I think most of the co-sponsors pulled out then,” one of those 32 former co-sponsors, Republican Rep. Larry Brewster, told The Daily Beast. Another questioned why Mitchell had claimed in his opening remarks that the bill was bipartisan, when no Democrats had signed onto it“I was making a joke on the bill,” Mitchell replied. Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you.
Will Smith teases he might venture 'into the political arena' in the future
       
Will Smith teases he might venture 'into the political arena' in the futureMr. Smith might still be interested in going to Washington. On Monday's episode of Pod Save America, superstar Will Smith told co-host Jon Favreau that he'd consider entering politics someday. "The 14th Amendment is essentially the center of what we think of when we think of ourselves as Americans," Smith told Favreau. "The 14th Amendment is like the all-inclusive amendment that makes clear that all Americans are equal under the law." Smith told Favreau that he's wildly hopeful about the momentum that has built behind Black Lives Matter and equality for all.
Ant Middleton dropped from SAS: Who Dares Wins due to controversial ‘views and values’
       
Ant Middleton will no longer host SAS: Who Dares Wins due to his controversial “views and values”. Channel 4’s move comes after Middleton was forced to apologise for calling Black Lives Matter protesters “scum” and comparing them to the English Defence League (EDL) in June 2020. Ant Middleton has been a part of ‘SAS: Who Dares Wins’ since 2015 (Getty Images)In since deleted tweets shared as far-right groups violently clashed with anti-racism protesters and police in London, the TV personality branded both “extreme groups” as “thugs”. Read our privacy notice Independent Culture Newsletter The best in film, music TV & radio straight to your inbox every week Thanks for signing up to the Independent Culture newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. I was angry and put that tweet out to say that that was unacceptable.”In April, the TV personality also faced backlash for saying that he was still “travelling the world” and “shaking hands” amid the coronavirus crisis.
Covid-19: More than 400 acts of violence against health workers in 2020
       
Insults, beatings, arrests – health workers battling the coronavirus were subjected to more than 400 acts of violence related to Covid-19 worldwide in 2020, according to a report by a health NGO published Tuesday. Violence during Black Lives Matter protests in USIn the US, for example, researchers counted about a dozen threats to health care workers last year. “I think in the US the culture has been more of trusting health workers,” Haar, the emergency physician, said. “There hasn’t been a longstanding conflict where there’s been a dissonance between health workers and the community.”Yet health workers in the US are still subject to great risk. Researchers said declining violence in the country was the reason they didn't see a greater surge in total health care attacks in 2020.
Battle Hymns of the Old South
       
No surprise that the Alamance County seat evokes comparisons to Mayberry, the fictional mid-twentieth-century North Carolina town. He argued that, while the Confederate monument was “metaphorical,” the threat of property damage or even violence was real. The CrucibleAs the 2020 national elections neared, the tensions that suffused all of America felt magnified in Alamance County. “It took twenty-five years to put places like Alamance County into the hands of the far right,” she said. “Something like Alamance County that refuses to move out of the fifties—if you can change Alamance County, you can change any county.”
Black Lives Matter vigil mourns Derek Hayden, shot by Seattle police
       
Stephen J. Sundberg, S.J., President of Seattle University, urged students, faculty, and alumni to “join in prayer, remembrance, and solidarity as we mourn Derek Hayden,” a graduate student at the Catholic university in Seattle. This reporter knew Derek Hayden well. When the lives of Black people don’t matter, often it is life in general that doesn’t matter. Instead of “peace officers” they are “war officers.”Alan Burns, son of Marion Burns, joined the vigil in deep mourning. Derek Hayden, he said, was a close friend since their youth together and in recent years when he lived on the family farm.
New Haven youth target gun violence, inequality at Black history month march
       
The Annual Black History Month Youth March was organized by the Connecticut People’s World Committee alongside Ice the Beef and New Haven Rising as part of the local People’s World 47th African American History Month Celebration. He spoke about the need for community members to come together and move forward as one. For him, the people in the community need to take care of one another, especially those experiencing homelessness, a sector of the community who have been excluded for so long. In front of the Q House, youth took to the microphone with Camacho asking that people take action in the present and no longer wait to act. The neighborhood has been without a gathering space for almost 20 years—since the original Q House closed in 2003.
COVID-19 pandemic fuels attacks on health workers globally
       
ADVERTISEMENTThe attack in Nigeria early last month was just one of many on health workers globally during the COVID-19 pandemic. In the United States, for example, researchers counted about a dozen threats to health care workers last year. “There hasn’t been a longstanding conflict where there’s been a dissonance between health workers and the community.”Yet health workers in the U.S. are still subject to great risk. With or without a pandemic, the most dangerous places for health workers are often areas of conflict and political upheaval. Now, one year into the pandemic, she feels health workers are more respected.
McEnany recalls day of Capitol riot: 'Everyone was expecting peace'
       
The WeekFollowing his first post-presidency speech, former President Donald Trump described the Jan. 6 rally that preceded the deadly Capitol riot as "beautiful" a "love fest." Trump spoke with Fox News on Sunday after delivering a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference, in which he continued to falsely claim he won the 2020 presidential election. Trump spoke at a rally in Washington, D.C., on the day Congress was meeting to certify the election results, urging his supporters to march down to the Capitol building and "show strength" before a deadly riot ultimately occurred. The House of Representatives subsequently impeached Trump for "incitement of insurrection" for his actions surrounding the riot, though he was acquitted by the Senate. In reference to the violence that occurred at the Capitol following the rally, Trump told Fox he "hated to see" it.
Killings by Police Declined after Black Lives Matter Protests
       
Black Lives Matter (BLM) began when Oakland, Calif.–based activist Alicia Garza posted a message of protest on Facebook after George Zimmerman, a neighborhood-watch volunteer who followed and fatally shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla., was acquitted of murder in 2013. “The question becomes, ‘Are Black Lives Matter protests having any real effect in terms of generating change?’ The data show very clearly that where you had Black Lives Matter protests, killing of people by the police decreased. The new study compared police killings in cities that experienced BLM protests with those that did not. “It’s really difficult to measure Black Lives Matter protests and lethal use of force by the police,” notes the study’s author, Travis Campbell, an economist at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Aislinn Pulley is a co-founder of Black Lives Matter Chicago, which has compiled a list of everyone who died at the hands of the Chicago Police Department since 2011.
Republicans brazenly lie to cover their tracks from Jan. 6 insurrection because it actually works
       
Indeed, the two lies contradict each other narratively speaking: If the election was stolen, why would antifa want to invade the Capitol? In short order, a person was shot during one of his events and then Proud Boys began showing up to support his protests. Then, Proud Boys began talking among themselves about arriving in disguise at the Jan. 6 event dressed up in antifa-style “black bloc” gear. The latter idea had real logistical flaws since other Proud Boys might mistake the disguised participants for the real thing and assault them. Many of those same Proud Boys are now under arrest and awaiting trial for their roles in the insurrection.
Automated racism: How tech can entrench bias
       
Mark Rutte could win this month's Dutch election — but has he learned any lessons from last year’s benefits scandal? She is adjunct professor at Oxford University and Columbia Law School and an adviser to Harvard Law School’s Cyberlaw Clinic. The press uncovered internal correspondence in which tax authority staff referred to parents in a derogatory and racist manner: “It looks like a nest of Antilleans,” one said. Earlier this month, the European Parliament’s Anti-Racism and Diversity Intergroup called on the EU executive to “take a strong and decisive stand against institutional racism” in the Netherlands in light of the benefits scandal. The risks posed by this kind of automation and its potential to reinforce institutional racism are not limited to the Netherlands.
Jill Biden is traveling with newly confirmed Education Secretary Miguel Cardona on Wednesday
       
“Antifa or BLM or other insurgents could be doing it disguised as Trump supporters,” Brown wrote, using shorthand for Black Lives Matter. Minutes later, he repeated Brown’s baseless claim to Limbaugh’s throngs of listeners: “It’s probably not Trump supporters who would do that. The senator said that while most of the people arrested at the Capitol were right-wing Trump supporters, he had not reached any conclusions about the political affiliations of those responsible for planning it. “Remember, Antifa openly planned to dress as Trump supporters and cause chaos today,” said one tweet that collected 41,100 likes and shares. “Evidence, much public, surfacing that many Capitol assaulters were fascist ANTIFAs, not Trump supporters,” Brooks wrote, providing no evidence.
UT donors threaten to pull funds over calls to change school song with racist origins
       
After losing, Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger took the field alone as the fight song “The Eyes Of Texas” was played. ?”AUSTIN, TX – SEPTEMBER 21: General view of the University of Texas Tower on the University of Texas campus on September 21, 2013 in Austin, Texas. He discusses the origins of “The Eyes of Texas” and the Texas Cowboys history of minstrel shows. “This professor is in charge of the team/ that tells us whether the song is racist or not? The post UT donors threaten to pull funds over calls to change school song with racist origins appeared first on TheGrio.
New lawsuit alleges L.A., Santa Monica, Beverly Hills used curfews to crush legitimate protest
       
“Its purpose was to create a lasting chilling effect on the lawful exercise of speech, stopping individuals from participation in peaceful assembly,” the plaintiffs claim in the lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court last week. The latest lawsuit alleges the mistreatment occurred across the region, not only in Los Angeles but in unincorporated parts of the county and in Santa Monica and Beverly Hills as well. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and Santa Monica did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The lawsuit alleges copyrighted songs were played by law enforcement in an effort to get any videos the protesters might have posted of the encounter taken down from social media. Damage occurred in downtown L.A. and in the city’s Fairfax district, as well as in the commercial cores of Santa Monica and Beverly Hills.
Phoenix dismantles Squaw Peak, Robert E. Lee street signs
       
PHOENIX (AP) — The city of Phoenix officially installed new signs for two streets whose names have long been considered offensive. Mayor Kate Gallego watched Monday morning as workers erected a new sign for Piestewa Peak Drive, formerly Squaw Peak Drive. Historically, “Squaw” is a slur used to describe Native American women. Officials also unveiled signage for Desert Cactus Street, formerly Robert E. Lee Street. The Phoenix City Council approved both new names.
Opinion | The GOP is now just the party of white grievance
       
Those instincts are of pre-cognitive repulsion and disgust, and I refuse to let them go. The party has been swiftly repositioned as an instrument of white grievance. The whole Trump movement, and now most of the Republican Party, is premised on the social sanctification of pre-cognitive fears and disgust. Yet the largest single group within the new GOP coalition is comprised of people who claim to be evangelical Christians. No one could possibly accuse White evangelicals of consistently defending this view of humanity in the Republican coalition.
House Democrats to push voting rights, police reform through this week
       
House Democrats are moving on to voting rights and police reform after passing President Joe Biden's COVID-19 relief package Saturday. 1, the 'For the People Act,' as well as the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act. House Democrats are expected to push through a voting rights bill and a police reform bill this week. The For the People Act was the first bill Democrats passed after taking the majority in January 2019. In mid-June, Trump signed an executive order on police reform that activists also blasted for not going far enough.
Fortress Apple: Metallic fencing shields reopened downtown Portland store
       
An imposing fence surrounding the Apple store in downtown Portland is not a permanent fixture but could remain in place through mid-April, according to the company and city officials. The tall metallic barrier appeared suddenly last week as boards covering the building came down and the store reopened for the first time since late May. According to Apple, the fence will remain outside the store during a spate of construction that includes replacing its large glass panel windows. A sign attached to the fence reads: “Apple stands with you in the fight for racial and social justice. Black Lives Matter.”Apple’s downtown store still isn’t open for regular shopping.
Phoenix to dismantle Squaw Peak, Robert E. Lee street signs
       
Updated 3 times AlertMePHOENIX — The city of Phoenix officially installed new signs for two streets whose names have long been considered offensive. Mayor Kate Gallego watched Monday morning as workers erected a new sign for Piestewa Peak Drive, formerly Squaw Peak Drive. Historically, “Squaw” is a slur used to describe Native American women. Officials also unveiled signage for Desert Cactus Street, formerly Robert E. Lee Street. The Phoenix City Council approved both new names.
School textbooks to get Black Lives Matter makeover as Pearson launches new race guidelines
       
School textbooks are to get a Black Lives Matter makeover as Pearson says it intends to remove references to “Master” and “Slave” from all its major titles. Pearson, which owns the exam board Edexcel and is one of the UK’s largest education publishers, has drawn up its first ever in-depth guidelines on race and ethnicity. It comes amid growing calls among academics and students to “decolonise” the curriculum, which have gained traction in the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests last summer. Under its new race and ethnicity guidelines, authors are told to “proactively” include more examples of people from minority ethnicities as “positive role models”. For example, textbooks should not have black male students engaging in sports or south Asian female students choosing academic pursuits.
4 things leaders can do to support remote employees
       
Video How PayPal is actually closing the racial wealth gap Black-owned businesses have been some of the worst hit by the pandemic. Now, PayPal is putting its money where its mouth is. In June 2020, in response to the Black Lives Matter protests, the company announced a $535 million commitment to to support minority-owned businesses in the fight against economic inequality. PayPal CEO Dan Schulman and EVP of global sales Peggy Alford join host Chris Denson to discuss why this needs to be a movement and not just a moment.
Lawsuit accuses Amazon of 'systemic' racism in corporate offices
       
FILE PHOTO: The logo of Amazon is seen at the company logistics centre in Boves, France, August 8, 2018. Amazon has worked to show support for the Black Lives Matter movement. In September its cloud computing chief Andy Jassy, who will succeed Bezos as Amazon CEO, gave the keynote address at a Black Employee Network entrepreneurship conference. The news site Recode last week reported allegations of racial disparities in Amazon promotions and performance reviews. Amazon also faces lawsuits claiming it mistreated workers in its handling of the coronavirus pandemic at its facilities.
Prosecutors fill in details of Proud Boys assault on Capitol
       
But most notably, Nordean helped hatch the tactics the Proud Boys would use when they split up at the Capitol to avoid detection. Numerous members of the Proud Boys have already been charged for their role in the assault that day, including several indicted on Friday on conspiracy charges. Gieswein’s participation was part of what prosecutors described as an intentional effort to recruit and rely on non-Proud Boys or — “normies” and “normiecons,” in Proud Boy parlance — to join in the Capitol siege. Prosecutors also sketched out the early evidence of a money trail behind the Proud Boys’ efforts. In addition to public, crowdsourced efforts to obtain equipment, Nordean also exchanged private messages with people about how to effectively use “military-style communications equipment,” prosecutors say.
Clubhouse Opens a Window for Free Expression in China
       
Photograph by Sheldon Cooper / SOPA / GettyClubhouse is an audio-only social-media platform offering chat rooms on any subject, allowing thousands of people to gather and listen to one another. Jiayang Fan, who often reports on China, tells David Remnick that the chance to talk in private and without a text trail has opened a window of free expression for Chinese users. (Recently, some questions have been raised about whether the app is as secure as its makers claim.) Suddenly, in chat rooms with names such as “There is a concentration camp in Xinjiang?,” Chinese users have been able to address politically taboo subjects out loud in large groups. The government has clamped down on Clubhouse, but tech-savvy young people are used to finding work-arounds.
Thank You, Dr. Zizmor
       
For about 25 years, starting in the early 1980s, Dr. Jonathan Zizmor’s ageless face gazed down upon commuters in nearly every subway car in New York City. Sometimes Zizmor was smiling; sometimes his hands were open, as if we had caught him giving a sermon on acne. By the time Dr. Zizmor stopped advertising in 2013, subway ads were sold as single-car takeover affairs for giant banks and multinational soft drinks. Fran Lebowitz, but also John Wilson (who, incidentally, has a Dr. Zizmor ad in his living room). He even made hats that say THANK YOU, DR. ZIZMOR!
George Floyd's brother honors sibling by playing drums on protest album
       
NEW YORK — Before a late night rehearsal in December, Terrence Floyd couldn't remember the last time he squatted on a drum throne, sticks in hand and ready to perform. Surely, he said, it had not happened since his brother, George Floyd, died at the hands of police in Minneapolis last May, sparking a global reckoning over systemic racism and police brutality. "His heartbeat is not beating no more," he said, "but I can beat for him." The untitled project, set for release one year after George Floyd's death, follows a long history of racial justice messages and protest slogans crossing over into American popular music and culture. In particular, music has been a vehicle for building awareness of grassroots movements, often carrying desperate pleas or enraged battle cries across the airwaves.
Azealia Banks 'dumps' Ryder Ripps just a WEEK after engagement news... but she's keeping the ring
       
Azealia Banks has dumped conceptual artist Ryder Ripps just a week after making their engagement public. But the 212 hitmaker said she was keeping the menorah engagement ring Ripps gave her, telling followers: 'The heirloom is mine. Bye: Azealia Banks has 'dumped' Ryder Ripps just a week after announcing their engagement, calling the artist 'too insecure' for her in a Monday Instagram. Keeper: The 212 hitmaker said she was keeping the menorah engagement ring Ripps gave her, telling followers: 'The heirloom is mine. Happy: The 212 star shared the news with her fans last Sunday, showing off her engagement ring, saying: 'I said yes!'
Ant Middleton is AXED by Channel 4 and will no longer present SAS: Who Dares Wins
       
Ant Middleton has been dropped by Channel 4 due to his 'personal conduct', with the station claiming they will not work with him again. A spokesperson for Channel 4 told MailOnline: 'Ant Middleton will not be taking part in future series of SAS: Who Dares Wins. Ant's axing by Channel 4 comes after he sparked controversy by referring to Black Lives Matter protesters as 'absolute scum' last June. Ant took to social media on Monday and confirmed he would no longer be hosting SAS: Who Dares Wins, but said he was excited about the future. In one Instagram video in March, Ant insisted he didn't care if he got Covid and compared it to the flu.
US Senate panel approves Biden Justice nominee Garland
       
Judge Merrick Garland is sworn in before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on his nomination to be US attorney generalAdvertising Read moreWashington (AFP)The US Senate Judiciary Committee gave its approval Monday to President Joe Biden's pick to be attorney general, Merrick Garland. The votes by several Republicans in Garland's favor virtually guaranteed that his nomination to lead the Justice Department would be approved by the Senate, which is evenly divided 50-50 between Democrats and Republicans. He was a senior official in the Justice Department before being named a judge nearly 24 years ago. In his confirmation hearing last week Garland said that fighting domestic extremism would be his "first priority" if confirmed as attorney general. "The Civil Rights Act of 1957 created the department's Civil Rights Division, with the mission 'to uphold the civil and constitutional rights of all Americans, particularly some of the most vulnerable members of our society,'" Garland said.
Obama backs reparations for the first time and slams ‘politics of white resistance’
       
Barack Obama backed the reparation of Black Americans for the first time, calling it “justified” but blamed "politics of white resistance and resentment" as the reason for not being able to push it during his presidency. The two were discussing about the bill regarding reparations, which would study racial reparations for compensating Black Americans descended from slavery and victims of systemic racism. Read our privacy notice Thanks for signing up to the Inside Washington newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy noticeHe said during the podcast on Monday that a reparation proposal during his presidency would have met with “the politics of white resistance” and “white resentment”. "And what I saw during my presidency was the politics of white resistance and resentment.
Legacies of Cold War Liberalism
       
Legacies of Cold War Liberalism Legacies of Cold War Liberalism To promote democratic and egalitarian ideals today, we need to break with the anxieties that drove U.S. politics during the Cold War. Three decades after the demise of the Soviet Union, many of the intellectual tenets of Cold War liberalism remain with us. The Cold War UniversityThe national security state provided a material basis and an intellectual context for the vigilant mood of Cold War liberalism. Scholars and pundits appealed to the wisdom of Cold War liberalism to defeat the enemy of radical Islam. Instead of an economic plan, the new Cold War liberalism offers empty slogans, like “trust experts.” But if Trump’s victory has proven anything, it is how far the Cold War vision of technocratic expertise has fallen; many are no longer willing to trust an educated elite.
The Radicalism of Thaddeus Stevens
       
Review of Thaddeus Stevens: Civil War Revolutionary, Fighter for Racial Justice by Bruce Levine (Simon & Schuster, 2021). If French Jacobinism had a corollary during the Second American Revolution, it was embodied by Thaddeus Stevens. Conversely, when civil rights and justice movements have surged, his popular reputation has consistently been rejuvenated. In that sense, Bruce Levine’s Thaddeus Stevens: Civil War Revolutionary, Fighter for Racial Justice provides an anticipated and most welcome update of this anti-racist champion in the age of Black Lives Matter, falling Confederate monuments, and rising calls for transformational policy. As conflict over slavery intensified, Stevens doubled down on his radicalism.
Posting less, posting more, and tired of it all: How the pandemic has changed social media
       
Posting less, posting more, and tired of it all: How the pandemic has changed social mediaShare All sharing options for: Posting less, posting more, and tired of it all: How the pandemic has changed social mediaMona, a tech executive in Boston, stopped using Facebook during the pandemic. The media measurement firm previously estimated that time spent on social media would remain the same. Many readers reported extremes in their social media use: periods of constant usage that ultimately led them to feel overwhelmed or anxious, which resulted in cutting off social media usage altogether. The urge to delete social media has, ironically, been very evident on social media, where people have been increasingly talking about deleting their accounts, according to social listening company Brandwatch. According to data from customer experience management software company Sprinklr, nearly three-quarters of mentions of “social media” on social media and news sites in the last year had negative sentiment.
The AI-Powered Fact Checker That Investigates QAnon Influencers Shares Its Secret Weapon
       
“Logically Intelligence is a culmination of four years of work,” Jain explained to me. A QAnon situation room on Logically Intelligence provides a dashboard with a quick summary of what it's monitoring. Using Logically Intelligence, users can request that human misinformation experts look into a specific claim in order to provide crucial fact checking. Logically Intelligence users can request investigations into pieces of misinformation led by human fact checkers. Logically Intelligence will also require its human fact-checkers to keep their fingers on the pulse of what’s spreading online.
How social media is driving the Indian farmers protests — and why we can't stop now
       
India's farmers are months into one of the largest protests in human history. India's farmers have been camped outside Delhi for most of winter, and over 140 have died in the extreme conditions. On Jan. 26, Republic Day in India, farmers entered New Delhi to peacefully March for their cause, but violence broke out. If the farmers protests sound similar to summer 2020's Black Lives Matter uprising in the U.S., they should. It's easy to detach from domestic affairs in distant countries, but the Indian farmers protest shows us that advocacy from far and wide makes a difference.
Opinion | The worst-kept secret: Conservatism has no value(s)
       
“A conservative considers how adherence to—or deviation from—certain principles would help or hurt the goals conservatism seeks to achieve,” he writes. To the lost cause of White Christian domination, the MAGA crowd has added the lost cause of a mythical stolen election. You will note that none of this has anything to do with politics, public policy or problem-solving. It is arguably the only public cause that truly excites them. Unless and until conservatism comes to resemble a philosophy of governance and policy agenda reflective of American values, any loyalty to conservatism is empty.
Elizabeth Warren, Other Progressives Propose ‘Ultra-Millionaire’ Tax
       
Members of the Teamsters had traveled to Bessemer to lend their support, some from as far away as Boston. Cori Jennings, a 39-year-old mother of five, goes out of her way to avoid union activists staking out the Amazon parking lot. But in the late summer, a group of workers contacted a union organizer to say they wanted to discuss unionizing. “Sometimes we can convince them and sometimes we can’t.”The RWDSU is trying to tap into Bessemer’s union history during its manufacturing heyday. “They’ve picked a huge fight, and it’s going to be really hard to win.”—With Matt Day (Updates with Biden comment.
George Floyd’s brother joins protest anthem album project
       
NEW YORK — Before a late night rehearsal in December, Terrence Floyd couldn’t remember the last time he squatted on a drum throne, sticks in hand and ready to perform. Kevin McCall, a civil rights activist who said he believes an album of street-inspired protest anthems does not yet exist. “We have always been strengthened through songs, like ‘We Shall Overcome’ and ‘Wade in the Water.’ I want to put a new twist on it.”There is a history of interplay between music and Black protest. Some historians cite Billie Holiday’s musical rendition of the Abel Meeropol poem, “Strange Fruit,” in 1939 as one of the sparks of the civil rights movement. “If his music couldn’t make it out of Houston, I’m using my Floyd musical ability to reach people in his name,” Terrence said.
George Floyd kin joins protest anthem album project
       
Aaron MorrisonAssociated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Before a late night rehearsal in December, Terrence Floyd couldn’t remember the last time he squatted on a drum throne, sticks in hand and ready to perform. Kevin McCall, a New York City activist who said he believes an album of street-inspired protest anthems does not yet exist. “Something that starts out in one space can very easily grow into something bigger and broader, if the movement itself is influential.”Terrence Floyd said the protest anthem project feels like a fitting way to honor his brother’s memory. Many years before his death, George Floyd dabbled in music — he was occasionally invited to rap on mixtapes produced by DJ Screw, a fixture of the local hip-hop scene in Houston. “If his music couldn’t make it out of Houston, I’m using my Floyd musical ability to reach people in his name,” Terrence said.
Amazon faces biggest union push in its history
       
The second Jennifer Bates walks away from her post at the Amazon warehouse where she works, the clock starts ticking. It’s that kind of pressure that has led some Amazon workers to organize the biggest unionization push at the company since it was founded in 1995. And it’s happening in the unlikeliest of places: Bessemer, Alabama, a state with laws that don’t favor unions. She adds that the organizers don't represent the majority of Amazon employees' views. Appelbaum says the union has heard from Amazon warehouse workers all over the country.
Bodycam footage shows moment Oklahoma cop fatally shoots knife-wielding black man, 60, in the back
       
Police in Oklahoma City have released body and dashboard camera video showing the moment a sergeant shot a homeless black man armed with a knife in the back as he ran away, killing him. Holman's colleague Master Sergeant Keith Duroy also fired his weapon, but he was not criminally charged because Oklahoma City District Attorney David Prater found that he did not violate the law. That is when Holman opens fire, shooting Edwards in the back three times and causes him to collapse. Oklahoma City police Sgt. And last year, Prater charged Chance Avery, a corporal with The Village Police Department, with first-degree manslaughter for fatally shooting a man wielding a baseball bat.
Hawaii lawmaker is arrested for 'drunk driving after going wrong way on one-way street'
       
Honolulu police arrested state Rep Sharon Har (pictured), 52, on February 23 near the intersection of Piikoi and Beretania streetsA Hawaii lawmaker reportedly asked police if they knew who she was when they arrested her for driving under the influence after she was observed going the wrong way down a one-way street last week. Honolulu police arrested state Rep Sharon Har, 52, at 10.20pm on February 23 near the intersection of Piikoi and Beretania streets. But a damaging police report released just days after her arrest claimed that Har was slurring and smelled of alcohol. Officer Christopher Morgado, said Har 'began asking if I knew who she is,' according to Hawaii News Now. However, police accounts claimed that Har told officers 'that she is not currently taking prescription medication,' according to Hawaii News Now.
US Soccer council member is removed after speaking out against player protests
       
The US Soccer Federation's athletes council has removed a member after he spoke out against players protesting inequality during the national anthem and made several other controversial statements about slavery and crime that the USSF deemed 'racist.' The US Soccer Federation's athletes council removed one its members Sunday after he spoke out against players protesting racism during the national anthem and made several other controversial statements about slavery and crime. 'The athlete's council does not tolerate this type of language and finds it incompatible with membership on the council. The council said it 'wants to be unequivocable (sic) in its condemnation of the statements that Mr. Jahn made yesterday.' Interestingly, for the first time in 2021, the entire US women's soccer team stood for the national anthem before a game last week against Brazil.
CPAC was about more than Trump's cult — it's now cemented the GOP's authoritarianism
       
But really, the Trump worship is only part of what is the bigger and much scarier story of CPAC. The Trump idolatry is part of that — what's a fascist party without a cult around a narcissistic leader? The CPAC straw poll showed only 55% of attendees endorsed Trump as their favorite for the Republican presidential nominee. For Trump voters, the fact that these voters are racially diverse and prefer Democrats inherently renders their votes illegitimate. But overall, the picture painted at CPAC was clear, even before Trump set foot on the stage.
Living Up Close and Personal With Our Endless Wars
       
My Own Personal WarTo fight wars, you need to summon a mix of rage, adrenaline, and disregard for the humanity of those whose project you seek to annihilate. We’ve been involved, directly or indirectly, in fighting those godforsaken wars launched after 9/11 for almost two decades now. You’ve generally thanked us religiously for our “service” and otherwise forgotten about those wars and gone about your business. And the military that’s been fighting those hopeless, bloody wars in distant lands for so long is on edge, too. Believe this at least: if we can’t stop fighting those wars across significant parts of the planet, this country won’t remain immune to them either.
If Trump doesn't run, does Cruz have the (far) RIGHT stuff to be the GOP 2024 candidate?
       
In fact as I wrote this I was watching “Morning Joe” and the commentator describing the Liverpool vs. Sheffield United soccer game made fun of Cruz's freedom scream. I had to look in Wikipedia to figure out why he was quoting William Wallace and to be reminded why the name seemed familiar to me. However, I am pretty sure hardly anybody in his audience knew who and what he was talking about with his William Wallace reference. Sir William Wallace was a Scottish knight who became one of the main leaders during the First War of Scottish Independence. Read article:Will CPAC 2021 prove to have been the Trump Tower golden elevator for Ted Cruz if Trump decides not to run?
Tomgram: Andrea Mazzarino, Living Up Close and Personal with Our Endless Wars
       
Similarly, in Afghanistan, the pressure on President Biden not to pull the last U.S. military personnel out (as President Trump had agreed) on May 1st is only growing. In this respect, the cost of armed violence to human life is incalculable. We’ve been involved, directly or indirectly, in fighting those godforsaken wars launched after 9/11 for almost two decades now. You’ve generally thanked us religiously for our “service” and otherwise forgotten about those wars and gone about your business. And the military that’s been fighting those hopeless, bloody wars in distant lands for so long is on edge, too.
329 candidates for 2021 Nobel Peace Prize
       
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The Norwegian Nobel Committee said Monday that there are 329 candidates — 234 individuals and 95 organizations — that were nominated for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize by the Feb. 1 deadline. A vast group of people — heads of state or politicians serving at a national level, university professors, directors of foreign policy institutes, past Nobel Prize recipients and members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee — can submit a nomination for the prize. The U.N. World Food Program won the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize. The peace prize and other Nobel prizes are presented Dec. 10, the anniversary of Alfred Nobel’s death. Five Nobel Prizes were established under the terms of Alfred Nobel’s will.
John Oliver on US police raids: 'Lives are getting destroyed'
       
John Oliver presented another damning critique of American law enforcement on Sunday night with a focus on police raids. Data on police raids is scarce, Oliver explained, though it’s estimated police carry out tens of thousands per year, disproportionately targeting black and brown residents. Oliver also tore into the flimsiness of evidence used as justification for raids, with many electronic warrants for drug searches signed in less than three minutes or an even more cursory 30 seconds. “Lives are getting destroyed through police raids,” said Oliver. Police raids “should only be used as a last resort to save lives that are in immediate danger”, he said.
What is Hamilton? A guide to the hit musical streaming on Disney+
       
Miranda also wrote the book of the musical and cast himself as the title character. A film adaptation of In The Heights, directed by Jon M. Chu, is in the pipeline for next summer. It consistently sold out, with tickets for Miranda’s last performance, in July 2016, reportedly earning $10,000 a pop on the secondary market. Lucky theatregoers took to Twitter to praise the show: “Hamilton is put together with skill unlike anything I've seen before,” one wrote. Director of photography Declan Quin installed nine cameras around the Richard Rodgers theatre and sound was recorded through 100 microphones.
Here’s what makes Warren Buffett special
       
Video TranscriptJULIE HYMAN: But first, let's talk about Warren Buffett and talk about that Berkshire letter out over the weekend. Now long-time Buffett head, I guess we could say, or Buffett watcher most certainly. And you sort of try to distill what is it, why are we so interested in Warren Buffett? And I think you could argue and make the case that Warren Buffett is one of those people. But over time, that's going to not probably serve you well as an investor.
George Floyd kin joins protest anthem album project
       
NEW YORK (AP) — Before a late night rehearsal in December, Terrence Floyd couldn’t remember the last time he squatted on a drum throne, sticks in hand and ready to perform. In particular, music has been a vehicle for building awareness of grassroots movements, often carrying desperate pleas or enraged battle cries across the airwaves. Kevin McCall, a New York City activist who said he believes an album of street-inspired protest anthems does not yet exist. Godfather Records, a label run and owned by David Wright, pastor of Grace Tabernacle Christian Center, plans to put out the seven-song album. Advertisement“If his music couldn’t make it out of Houston, I’m using my Floyd musical ability to reach people in his name,” Terrence said.
George Floyd kin joins protest anthem album project
       
NEW YORK (AP) — Before a late night rehearsal in December, Terrence Floyd couldn’t remember the last time he squatted on a drum throne, sticks in hand and ready to perform. In particular, music has been a vehicle for building awareness of grassroots movements, often carrying desperate pleas or enraged battle cries across the airwaves. Kevin McCall, a New York City activist who said he believes an album of street-inspired protest anthems does not yet exist. Godfather Records, a label run and owned by David Wright, pastor of Grace Tabernacle Christian Center, plans to put out the seven-song album. “If his music couldn’t make it out of Houston, I’m using my Floyd musical ability to reach people in his name,” Terrence said.
Phoenix to dismantle Squaw Peak, Robert E. Lee street signs
       
PHOENIX (AP) — The city of Phoenix is officially installing new signs for two streets whose names have long been considered offensive. Mayor Kate Gallego will look on Monday morning as workers erect a new sign for Piestewa Peak Drive, formerly Squaw Peak Drive. Piestewa honors fallen Native American soldier Lori Piestewa. Officials will also unveil signage for Desert Cactus Street, formerly Robert E. Lee Street. The Phoenix City Council approved both new names.
George Floyd kin joins protest anthem album project
       
NEW YORK (AP) — Before a late night rehearsal in December, Terrence Floyd couldn’t remember the last time he squatted on a drum throne, sticks in hand and ready to perform. Surely, he said, it had not happened since his brother, George Floyd, died at the hands of police in Minneapolis last May, sparking a global reckoning over systemic racism and police brutality. Now, Terrence is lending a talent he honed as a youngster in a church band to help produce and promote a forthcoming album of protest anthems inspired by the Black Lives Matter demonstrations prompted in part by his brother's death. “His heartbeat is not beating no more,” he said, “but I can beat for him.”The untitled project, set for release one year after George Floyd’s death, follows a long history of racial justice messages and protest slogans crossing over into American popular music and culture. In particular, music has been a vehicle for building awareness of grassroots movements, often carrying desperate pleas or enraged battle cries across the airwaves.
George Floyd kin joins protest anthem album project
       
Terrence Floyd, brother of George Floyd, plays the drums with other artists during a recording session for an album of protest songs with the Rev. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)Terrence Floyd, brother of George Floyd, plays the drums with other artists during a recording session for an album of protest songs with the Rev. A full album of songs is set for release in May, one year after George Floyd’s death at the hands of police in Minneapolis. Surely, he said, it had not happened since his brother, George Floyd, died at the hands of police in Minneapolis last May, sparking a global reckoning over systemic racism and police brutality. Many years before his death, George Floyd dabbled in music — he was occasionally invited to rap on mixtapes produced by DJ Screw, a fixture of the local hip-hop scene in Houston.
George Floyd kin joins protest anthem album project
       
NEW YORK (AP) — Before a late night rehearsal in December, Terrence Floyd couldn’t remember the last time he squatted on a drum throne, sticks in hand and ready to perform. Surely, he said, it had not happened since his brother, George Floyd, died at the hands of police in Minneapolis last May, sparking a global reckoning over systemic racism and police brutality. Now, Terrence is lending a talent he honed as a youngster in a church band to help produce and promote a forthcoming album of protest anthems inspired by the Black Lives Matter demonstrations prompted in part by his brother's death. “I want to pay my respects to my brother any way I can, whether it’s a march, whether it’s just talking to somebody about him, or whether it’s doing what I do and playing the drums,” Terrence told The Associated Press.
What is Hamilton? A guide to the hit musical streaming on Disney+
       
Miranda also wrote the book of the musical and cast himself as the title character. A film adaptation of In The Heights, directed by Jon M. Chu, is in the pipeline for next summer. It consistently sold out, with tickets for Miranda’s last performance, in July 2016, reportedly earning $10,000 a pop on the secondary market. Lucky theatregoers took to Twitter to praise the show: “Hamilton is put together with skill unlike anything I've seen before,” one wrote. Director of photography Declan Quin installed nine cameras around the Richard Rodgers theatre and sound was recorded through 100 microphones.
Donald Trump claims he asked for 10,000 National Guard troops to be there on January 6
       
Donald Trump said Sunday he requested 10,000 National Guard troops deployed to Washington, D.C. before January 6 after realizing his rally would be larger than anticipated – but says the request was rejected by congressional leaders. Donald Trump told Fox on Sunday that he requested 10,000 National Guard troops be brought in before his January 6 rally – but it was rejected because congressional leaders didn't like the 'optics' of troops at the CapitolAfter the Capitol riot, approximately 26,000 National Guard troops were deployed to Washington, D.C. from all over the country. As it stands, around 5,000 National Guard troops remain in D.C. – and are expected to maintain a presence until mid-March. Mystery still surrounds the January 6 Capitol attack, including why National Guard were not deployed earlier to the scene as the riot unfolded. The ex-police chief said he spoke days before the riot with Irving and then-Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Michael Stenger about the request for National Guard.
AOC slams NYPD's $75,000 robotic police dog named Digidog as racist
       
'Now robotic surveillance ground drones are being deployed for testing on low-income communities of color with under-resourced schools.' Digidog was deployed and helped officers determine that the armed suspects were no longer inside the home. The robotic dog is also currently being used by the Massachusetts State Police and the Honolulu Police Department. However, Ocasio-Cortez isn't the only person to criticize the NYPD's newest robotic gadget. Keith Taylor, a former NYPD SWAT team sergeant, however, believes the Digidog has 'tremendous potential' to limit injuries and fatalities.
23 Black leaders who are shaping history today
       
Following the lead of trailblazers throughout American history, today's Black history-makers are shaping not only today but tomorrow. —Cory StiegRosalind Brewer, 58, Walgreens' next CEO and only Black woman to currently lead a Fortune 500 firmWalgreens' next CEO Rosalind Brewer. When she steps into this new role, she will be the only Black woman currently leading a Fortune 500 firm, and just the third Black woman in history to serve as a Fortune 500 CEO. "When you're a Black woman, you get mistaken a lot," she said during a 2018 speech at her alma mater, Spelman College. —Tom Huddleston Jr.Jason Wright, 38, first Black president of a National Football League teamWashington Football Team president Jason Wright.
Opportunity missed: Why there are no Black CEOs on this year's Disruptor 50 list
       
As we unveil this year's Disruptor 50 list amid nationwide protests and calls to end racial inequality and senseless violence against Black people, the list has a glaring absence. Just 10 of those 209 Black Founder List companies nominated themselves for this year's Disruptor 50 list, among more than 1,300 nominees. All of this brings us back to the lack of Black CEOs on the CNBC Disruptor List this year and an explanation of how we compile it. This Disruptor 50 list features unicorn start-ups from Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Denver and Columbus, Ohio. While 7% of the Fortune 500 have a female CEO, 12% of the CNBC Disruptor 50 are led by women.
House Democrats seek to adopt resolution honoring & uplifting Black queer leaders
       
Four other out members of the House — Reps. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY), David Cicilline (D-RI), Mark Pocan (D-WI) and Mark Tacano (D-CA) — also co-sponsored it. All are co-chairs of the Equality LGBTQ+ Caucus. Rep. Lee said in a statement, “the accomplishments of Black LGBTQ+ citizens have often been downplayed or ignored while they face the compounding impacts of racism and anti-LGBTQ+ bias. “The struggles for racial justice and LGBTQ+ equality are not the same, but they have always been intertwined. pic.twitter.com/r9G6DoAV2n — Equality California (@eqca) February 27, 2021We are proud to support this resolution by @RepBarbaraLee to honor incredible Black LGBTQ+ leaders like:Alin AileyJames BaldwinGlenn Burke@OsopePatrisse @aliciagarza @annapoeticJustice Martin JenkinsMarsha P. JohnsonBarbara JordanStormé DeLarverie@LoriLightfoot — Equality California (@eqca) February 27, 2021
Trump Calls Jan. 6 Rally That Incited Deadly Insurrection A ‘Love Fest’
       
Contrition has never been Donald Trump’s strong suit. “Do you get how bad it was, and is there anything looking back on it now that you would have done differently that day?” host Steve Hilton asked Trump. Without answering the question, Trump boasted about the size of the crowd. At the rally that preceded the insurrection, Trump told his supporters that “you’ll never take back our country with weakness. On Sunday evening, Hilton eventually got Trump to show a just little remorse.
National public service can revive our civic spirit, unite our divided country
       
On the Peace Corps’ birthday, we should embrace once again Kennedy’s call to think of our country before ourselves. National service can promote civic education and instill a sense of universal obligation to safeguard the values of our democratic state. We have an abundance of immediate problems that universal public service could help address. Physicians are needed in the National Health Corps and to practice in medically underserved national and international communities. Mike Ward served as a state representative, Louisville’s congressman and associate director of the U.S. Peace Corps.
How Pro-Trump Forces Pushed a Lie About Antifa at the Capitol Riot
       
At 1:51 p.m. on Jan. 6, a right-wing radio host named Michael D. Brown wrote on Twitter that rioters had breached the United States Capitol — and immediately speculated about who was really to blame. “Antifa or BLM or other insurgents could be doing it disguised as Trump supporters,” Mr. Brown wrote, using shorthand for Black Lives Matter. Minutes later, he repeated Mr. Brown’s baseless claim to Mr. Limbaugh’s throngs of listeners: “It’s probably not Trump supporters who would do that. In fact, the rioters breaking into the citadel of American democracy that day were acolytes of Mr. Trump, intent on stopping Congress from certifying his electoral defeat. Subsequent arrests and investigations have found no evidence that people who identify with antifa, a loose collective of antifascist activists, were involved in the insurrection.
There's no vaccine for chaos
       
Newsday is opening this story to all readers so Long Islanders have access to important information about the coronavirus outbreak. Unfortunately, the ongoing chaotic rollout — governed by a patchwork of state regulations at once arbitrary and political — might also be inoculating the population against public health laws. The logistics of vaccinating more than 300 million people are challenging, and nobody expects the implementation of any plan to be perfect. If the last year has taught us anything about public health, it is that policies designed to protect us from disease are not applied consistently or enforced equitably. All of this matters because the odds are that there will be another public health emergency.
The Muddled History of Anti-Asian Violence
       
Recently, fears of another wave of anti-Asian violence have arisen following a string of viral videos depicting attacks against Asian Americans. It’s difficult to describe anti-Asian racism when society lacks a coherent, historical account of what that racism actually looks like. The lenient sentencing sparked a national campaign against anti-Asian racism and inspired an Oscar-nominated documentary, “Who Killed Vincent Chin?”In contrast to racism against other groups, anti-Asian racism has rarely been as gruesome and blatant as it was in the Chin killing. The killing of Vincent Chin, in 1982, sparked a national campaign against anti-Asian racism and inspired an Oscar-nominated documentary. This becomes difficult when people are mystified by the idea of anti-Asian racism.
John Boyega Wins Best Supporting Actor in a TV Series at the Golden Globes
       
On top of John Boyega's already impressive résumé—which includes him starring as Finn in three Star Wars movies, NBD—he can now add "Golden Globe winner" to his list of accolades. During tonight's virtual ceremony, John took home his first-ever Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor in a TV Series, where he was nominated for starring as Leroy Logan in Amazon's anthology series, Small Axe. You may be able to find the same content in another format, or you may be able to find more information, at their web site. Congratulations to John Boyega (@JohnBoyega) - Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Supporting Role - Small Axe. - #GoldenGlobes pic.twitter.com/hmPiUEwvOl — Golden Globe Awards (@goldenglobes) March 1, 2021This content is imported from YouTube.
Hate crimes against Black residents more than doubled in 2020
       
Reported hate crimes against Black residents in Las Vegas more than doubled in 2020, which activists attribute to a rise in racism nationally and more knowledge among victims about their rights to report. Reported hate crimes against Black residents in Las Vegas more than doubled in 2020, which activists attribute to a rise in racism nationally and more knowledge among victims about their right to report. Reported hate crimes against Black residents in Las Vegas more than doubled in 2020, which activists attribute to a rise in racism nationally and more knowledge among victims about their right to report. The data was provided by nearly 16,000 police departments, including North Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Henderson and Clark County school police. Jack McDevitt, a Northeastern University professor and director of the school’s Institute on Race and Justice, has studied hate crimes for more than 30 years and co-written three books on how hate crimes have affected the nation.
Minneapolis will pay influencers to post during the George Floyd murder trials
       
The city will pay social media influencers to spread “approved messages” during the trials of the police officers charged with killing George Floyd. The Minneapolis City Council passed the program , “contracts with community organizations for public safety and engagement services,” with the intent of curbing misinformation around the cases. The city plans on hiring six influencers, who will be paid $2,000 each. Deals with the influencers chosen to be involved with the program are currently being finalizedProtests erupted across the country in the wake of George Floyd’s murder in May 2020. While these events were mostly peaceful, there were some instances of violence especially in Minneapolis where George Floyd was killed.
Amazon Prime Stops Streaming Clarence Thomas Documentary During Black History Month
       
Amazon showed it has its limits when it comes to its dedication to diversity and inclusion when it failed to continue streaming a critically acclaimed and popular documentary on the only black Supreme Court justice during Black History Month. Recently, Amazon Prime dropped Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words, an acclaimed and popular PBS documentary on Justice Clarence Thomas, making it unavailable to stream during Black History Month. This makes no sense at all, other than Amazon made a decision to not show this film because Justice Thomas is a black justice who has conservative views. Created Equal covers Thomas’s amazing life story in a one-on-one interview with Thomas that is unprecedented in Supreme Court history. Amazon does a great disservice to all Americans, and particularly black Americans, when it decides not to show an inspiring film about an incredible Black American during Black History Month.
Hollywood unions, and stars, amplify diversity questions facing the Golden Globes
       
“From Black Lives Matter and the #MeToo movement to our own diversity, equity and inclusion efforts, we fight every day for a more equitable and just society. By now we all should understand this fundamental point: It is basic human decency to ensure inclusion on set, on screen, in front of and behind the camera, in boardrooms and in the very fabric of our everyday lives. SAG-AFTRA urges our industry’s institutions to step up and hold themselves accountable for true, meaningful change in all aspects of their work. As our colleagues across the industry say Time’s Up. The time for change is now.”
Golden Globes finally faces lack of black members in HFPA after backlash
       
During the 2021 Golden Globes broadcast, the co-hosts and former “SNL” queens immediately addressed the lack of black members in the Hollywood Foreign Press Association following a damning report that led to a Time’s Up protest. “The HFPA is made up of about 90 international no black journalists,” Fey, 50, cracked. The industry activist group Time’s Up launched a #TimesUpGlobes protest campaign Friday, calling out the HFPA over the lack of diversity. The nominees, the HFPA told the LA Times last week, were at the discretion of members. “We do not control the individual votes of our members,” HFPA said in a statement to the Los Angeles Times.
Hollywood unions, and stars, amplify diversity questions facing the Golden Globes
       
“Without inclusive membership, they miss the opportunity to truly honor creativity and excellence among a vast and dynamic global industry of talented storytellers and stories. “From Black Lives Matter and the #MeToo movement to our own diversity, equity and inclusion efforts, we fight every day for a more equitable and just society. Norman Lear, who will receive the special Carol Burnett Award during the Golden Globes ceremony, tweeted a video message Sunday afternoon with the #timesupglobes hashtag. “It’s on everybody’s mind,” he said of the dearth of Black members. Let’s show our Black colleagues that we care and are willing to do the work to right the wrongs that we created.”
Correspondent of the Day, March 1, 2021: Jan. 6, BLM marches cannot be compared?
       
Jan. 6, BLM marches cannot be comparedI am not condoning the acts of violence that occurred during some of the Black Lives Matter marches, but one must look at the underlying themes of the two demonstrations. What happened on Jan. 6 was an attempt by groups of right- wing extremists, many with ties to white supremacy groups, to subvert the presidential election process. The Black Lives Matter demonstrations were an attempt to increase awareness of the violence that too often has come down on unarmed Black men and women by police officers around the country.
Equality act guts religious liberty and other commentary
       
Faith beat: Equality Act Guts Religious LibertyIf the Equality Act, passed by the House last week, becomes law, it would “cause incalculable damage to our society — with a particular ­assault on . religious believers,” warns Kenneth Craycraft at First Things. “Alaska, North and South Dakota and Utah” top the list of the states with the most shots administered. to race the discipline.’ Martin Luther King Jr., taught that what matters is not the color of your skin but the content of your character. Padilla joins with the Black Lives Matter crowd in reversing that dictum.” — Compiled by The Post Editorial Board
Lakeith Stanfield: ‘I don’t hold anything back’
       
To spread the word about his anarchic, brilliantly batshit 2018 comedy Sorry to Bother You, the actor Lakeith Stanfield adopted an anarchic, brilliantly batshit strategy. I appreciate that.”‘I think Hollywood is more of a reflection of society than we sometimes give credit for’: Lakeith Stanfield. “I don’t like it when people talk about my eyes, because I feel like they’re going to jinx me, haha,” says Stanfield. “You don’t really get that that often on anything, let alone a TV show. As a final question, I ask if Stanfield has planned any leftfield ways to promote Judas and the Black Messiah.
A Deportation Nightmare in the Bronx
       
“They say that I crossed the street on red,” Javier told his brother. He always had a head for math, Dariela told me, and according to his niece he makes the best hamburgers in the world. Dariela described the feeling of freedom she had when she left New York City for the first time as an adult. On February 1st, ICE granted Javier a thirty-day reprieve from deportation, giving his lawyers time to make more arguments for his release. “At the end of the day, this just shows our rights can be trampled at any moment,” Dariela told me.
Prince Harry, Meghan Markle Remove Diana Pic From Archewell Website
       
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have made a small but noticeable change to the website for their nonprofit foundation after confirming that they are not returning as senior members of the royal family. The couple removed a photo of Harry and his late mother, Princess Diana, from the Archewell homepage. When the couple relaunched the website at the end of last year, they shared two childhood photos with their mothers. Together we bring you Archewell,” a letter from the pair read at the time. And from their point of view, it’s not the end of the world,” the source added.
Police officer fatally shot during mask dispute at basketball game, Louisiana cops say
       
The New York TimesNEW YORK — Two men were being held hostage in a Bronx apartment. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Democrat, described Digidog on Twitter as a “robotic surveillance ground” drone. The City Council passed the Public Oversight of Surveillance Technology Act last June amid efforts to overhaul the police force, many of them triggered by Black Lives Matter demonstrations. Boston Dynamics began selling the robot dog, which it calls Spot, last June. The robotic dog, which bears a resemblance to those featured in the 2017 “Metalhead” episode of “Black Mirror,” was not designed to act as a covert tool of mass surveillance, Perry said.
Representative Gosar speaks at rally where organizer pushes white nationalist agenda, praises Capitol attack
       
white racism," Gosar said during a panel at the Conservative Political Action Conference. ORLANDO - Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., said Saturday that he opposed “white racism,” hours after speaking at a far-right conference whose organizer spoke approvingly of the Capitol insurrection while delivering a white-nationalist speech. "There's no room for violence," Gosar said when asked about the Capitol riots. "I saw hundreds of thousands of patriots surrounding the U.S. Capitol building, and I saw the police retreating, and we heard that the politicians voting on the fraudulent election had scurried to their underground tunnels away from the Capitol," Fuentes said. AdvertisementAsked whether he regretted attending the event, Gosar said "you don't accomplish anything by isolating" and refusing to speak to some audiences.
Police accused of using sensitivities around BLM to dismiss case in which man threatened to stab couple
       
Police have been accused of using sensitivities around the Black Lives Matter movement to dismiss a case in which a man threatened to stab a couple in central London. When Miss Khalique-Brown explained there was no such place, the man swore at her and threatened to stab her in the head. He then made a similar threat to Mr Ward, who said they were genuinely in fear for their lives. After making several threats of violence towards them the man moved away and the couple watched where he went and dialled 999. The officer told the couple the man had complained about them being “dismissive” towards him and suggested everyone needed to be more sensitive in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Should Stand for Solidarity With the Oppressed — Not With Cops and Corporations
       
They went on to organize the first Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. Since then, the Mardi Gras has been held annually, in defiance of homophobia and police persecution. Today, the Sydney Mardi Gras (MG) parade and festival — held on March 6 — has grown to become one of the city’s most prominent cultural attractions. In 2019, PiP won a breakthrough when member and local communist Charlie Murphy was elected to the Mardi Gras board. Reject Modernity, Embrace Tradition The conservative evolution of Mardi Gras represents a sharp break with its radical, working-class traditions.
Black Movies Matter: Pan African Film Festival Goes Virtual
       
The Los Angeles-based Pan African Film Festival launches this year on February 28, screening Black-themed features, documentaries, shorts, and animations online. The Pan African Film Festival is all about bringing films from near and far about the global Black experience to U.S. audiences who might not otherwise have the chance to view them. With twelve works, South Africa has the largest number of submissions from Africa at the 2021 Pan African Film Festival. My favorite film at this year’s Pan African Film Festival hails from Brazil. The festival proves that not only do Black Lives Matter—but Black movies do, too.
Minneapolis to hire social media influencers to spin news at George Floyd murder trial
       
Minneapolis officials will hire a team of social media influencers to send “approved messages” during the upcoming murder trial of ex-cop Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd, according to reports. The city will pay six influencers $2,000 each to relay approved information from the high-profile and potentially volatile trial when it gets underway next month, Fox News said. The move is part of a $1 million plan approved by the Minneapolis City Council on Friday, as the Minnesota city braces for possible unrest in the controversial case. The city has not identified the social influencers it hopes to hire, but said it is targeting social media users with large followings. “The key word here is ‘city approved,'” said community activist Toussaint Morrison, who has more than 11,000 Instagram, told WCCO.
Government seeks to retain lockdown limits on protests
       
Patel recently described last year’s Black Lives Matter protests as “dreadful” after previously calling them illegal. BLM demonstrators have claimed they were subjected to intimidating police tactics such as kettling, and a report from the monitoring coalition Netpol alleged the policing of the protests was “institutionally racist”. Patel’s letter to Winsor has prompted a review by the inspectorate into how effectively the police manage protests. Its findings will help Patel prepare a new law to curb protests that it is understood will target those that block parliament or affect judicial hearings, among other criteria. “But this must be carefully balanced with the rights of others to go about their business, and not seek to prevent the operation of our democracy.
The Disinformation Party
       
Although the quotation originated with a sixties tobacco executive, it could be spoken today by the leaders of the Republican Party, as their primary product is disinformation. 1984's ruling Party, "big brother," uses the "thought police" to control the populous through disinformation. Because Trump is a media personality and a pathological liar, enclasping him made it easier for the GOP to become the Party of disinformation. Solutions: At the heart of our current political impasse is the Republican disinformation machine; the reality that "doubt is [their] product." Nonetheless, the fundamental nature of the Republican Party has changed -- and is antithetical to democracy,Long range there are two solutions: one is to severely penalize the purveyors of disinformation.
The Disinformation Party
       
Although the quotation originated with a sixties tobacco executive, it could be spoken today by the leaders of the Republican Party, as their primary product is disinformation. 1984's ruling Party, "big brother," uses the "thought police" to control the populous through disinformation. Because Trump is a media personality and a pathological liar, enclasping him made it easier for the GOP to become the Party of disinformation. Solutions: At the heart of our current political impasse is the Republican disinformation machine; the reality that "doubt is [their] product." Nonetheless, the fundamental nature of the Republican Party has changed -- and is antithetical to democracy,Long range there are two solutions: one is to severely penalize the purveyors of disinformation.
Child of Black Activists Bombed by Police: “My Activism Is My Religion”
       
In the ‘70s, the organization began protesting against institutions that were enslaving life, bartering life and mistreating life. But the core understanding and belief system — believing in life, that life should be protected, preserved and safeguarded — hasn’t changed. The things that are happening to Black people, being killed by the police, that’s not about religion. I bet every type of religion that exists has a representative saying Black Lives Matter. But I also bet every religion has opposition to Black Lives Matter, too.
Biden Won’t Allow Cancellation of Standardized Testing Amid COVID-19. Trump Did.
       
Sometimes a few tears would stream down her face: “Miss, I can’t do this.”Three hours in the morning and two hours in the afternoon for standardized tests. Everyone hated standardized tests. Now, Joe Biden is forcing schools to administer standardized tests in the middle of a worldwide pandemic. Standardized tests don’t measure learning. In fact, these currently mandated standardized tests are under the ESSA, an Obama-era law.
Prisons are getting Whiter. That’s one way mass incarceration might end.
       
Beginning in 2017, the White rate of being jailed surpassed that of Hispanics for the first time in living memory. Persuading people to join the fight against mass incarceration because Whites stand to benefit is bound to repulse those already committed to the cause. What’s more, in a remarkable moment of convergence, libertarians, religious leaders and racial-justice advocates oppose mass incarceration for separate but overlapping reasons. Opponents of mass incarceration — including Biden — should continue to denounce racism within the criminal justice system. But the president can also remind Americans that our racial fates are joined: All of us would benefit from the end of mass incarceration.
Vancouver film company apologizes after crew member told to remove Black Lives Matter shirt
       
“My boss came up to say my producer saw me wearing the shirt, and told me not to wear any more Black Lives Matters shirts or anything that’s too political on set,” Billy said. They refused to remove the shirt, and told the employer they weren’t coming back the next day. “Black Lives Matter is a human rights movement, and it’s not a political one. Some talent even threatened not to work, Billy said. The producer at the centre of the controversy apologized to affected crew and was removed from the set, it said.
Backlash in Fresno as evangelical church tries to buy Tower Theatre, a bohemian landmark
       
At first, few in the neighborhood paid attention to the churchgoers filing into the Tower Theatre on Sunday mornings. Adrianna Rafanan has a drink at Bobby Salazar’s in Fresno’s Tower District, a small arts district with restaurants, bars and the Tower Theatre. In a Facebook video, the church’s assistant pastor DeShawn Carraway, who is Black, accused the Tower community of acting like racists. AdvertisementSuzi Wallace gathered with community members to object to the recent purchase of the Tower Theatre by an evangelical church. The Tower District community is up in arms and lawsuits over the purchase of a Fresno landmark, the Tower Theatre.
Newsom expected to value death penalty opposition in a new California attorney general
       
Advertisement“Our death penalty system has been — by any measure — a failure,” Newsom said at the time. Jerry Brown and Vice President Kamala Harris both publicly opposed the death penalty but defended death sentences during their terms as California’s attorney general. Becton and Rosen signed on to an amicus brief in October that argues the state’s death penalty system has violated the Constitution. The brief notes that the prosecutors “believe that death sentences are arbitrarily imposed under the current California death penalty statutes.”The two district attorneys also signed a January letter from the group Fair and Just Prosecution asking Biden to stop the death penalty at the federal level. Rosen, along with the district attorneys in San Francisco and Los Angeles County, has also decided not to seek the death penalty in murder cases.
When the Left Attacked the Capitol
       
But the bureau hadn’t identified Dohrn as one of the possible Capitol bombers. The FBI found witnesses who said they saw Bacon in the Capitol the day before the blast. | Getty ImagesThe Weather Underground continued to stage nonlethal bombings in the 1970s, notably a blast inside a Pentagon bathroom and at the State Department. She left their 14-month-old son to be raised by her closest friends, Dohrn and Ayers, who became academics in Chicago. The bombing supercharged Nixon’s paranoia, leading the president and his aides to ramp up their crackdown on the New Left.
Rob Oller: Scarlet, gray and Black: Young Archie Griffin targeted by Columbus cop
       
And Ohio State fans who watched Griffin perform bleed scarlet. Taking the chromatic analogy further, OSU’s primary palette of colors also includes gray, black and white, according to the school’s branding guidelines. Gray is a mix of white and black, which also describes how the majority of white Buckeye Nation view Griffin. To most fans, the former tailback-turned-untouchable icon is neither black nor white, but just plain “Arch.”That is the comfortable way many see him. But the Ohio State legend does not stop there.
Point of View: Leonard Pitts Jr.: Black history is America’s history. It will not be erased — no matter how hard America tries
       
Things — obvious things — happen, but they don’t know why, because they have not been taught. As Black History Month draws to a close, we are met with a spate of headlines distressing and depressing in their tiresome familiarity. In Utah, a school allows students to opt out of lessons on African American history; the option is rescinded after a national backlash. In New Jersey, Rutgers University is investigating racist intrusions into Zoom events related to Black History Month. In Tennessee, a principal chooses as a theme for Black History Month the slogan, “All Lives Matter;” the principal, an African American woman(!
How social media is driving the Indian farmers protests — and why we can't stop now
       
India's farmers are months into one of the largest protests in human history. India's farmers have been camped outside Delhi for most of winter, and over 140 have died in the extreme conditions. On Jan. 26, Republic Day in India, farmers entered New Delhi to peacefully March for their cause, but violence broke out. If the farmers protests sound similar to summer 2020's Black Lives Matter uprising in the U.S., they should. It's easy to detach from domestic affairs in distant countries, but the Indian farmers protest shows us that advocacy from far and wide makes a difference.